Briefings and responses

On behalf of its members, the cross-party LGA regularly briefs parliamentarians of all political affiliations on issues of concern and relevance to local government ahead of debates in Parliament. The most recent of these can be found here, as can the LGA's written responses to parliamentary inquiries, such as those held by Select Committees.

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Budget 2018 - LGA briefing, 30 October 2018

The Chancellor’s Budget, delivered on Monday 29 October, provided a formal update on the state of the economy, responded to the new economic and fiscal forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility and announced the Government’s fiscal measures.

Budget 2018 - summary

The Chancellor, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, delivered the 2018 Budget on 29 October. There were a number of tax and spending announcements of relevance to local government, and the Chancellor outlined the trajectory of overall public spending for the 2019 Spending Review.  

2019-20 technical settlement consultation response

The LGA is here to support, promote and improve local government. We will fight local government's corner and support councils through challenging times by making the case for greater devolution, helping councils tackle their challenges and assisting them to deliver better value for money services.

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill, Third Reading, House of Lords - 18 July 2018

We continue to engage extensively in discussions with the Government on the implementation of further business rates retention and the Fair Funding Review. These reforms are important and are something local government has called for.

Debate on the review of the business rates system, House of Commons, 13 June 2018

Alongside Council Tax, business rates represent the largest source of income for councils. In 2018/19 business rates are forecast to raise a total of £24.8 billion, of which about £12 billion is expected to be retained by councils under the current 50 per cent scheme.

LGA briefing: Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords 4 June 2018

We are seeking assurances from the Government that this Bill will have no detrimental impact on local government.

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill 2017-19, House of Commons, 23 April 2018

We are seeking assurances from the Government that this Bill will have no detrimental impact on local government.

Debate on reductions in local government funding - House of Commons, Wednesday 28 March 2018

Years of unprecedented funding reductions have had a significant impact on the local services our communities rely on, and the knock-on effect on other parts of the public sector.

Debate on the Final Local Government Finance Settlement 2018/19 - House of Commons Wednesday 7 February 2018

The final settlement includes an additional £190 million for local government, when compared to the indicative 2018/19 settlement announced this time last year.

The 2018-19 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement - response

Almost no new money from central government has been included in the settlement, although the Government has increased the general council tax referendum limit from 1.99 per cent to 2.99 per cent for 2018/19 and 2019/20. 

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