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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Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19, Second Reading, House of Commons, 17 June 2019

We welcome the proposal for businesses to provide more regular information to the Valuation Office Agency, as part of a move to more frequent valuations. This must be accompanied by measures to significantly reduce the backlog of appeals.

Debate on increasing the social value of public procurement - House of Lords, 23 May 2019

Effective procurement has never been more important for local government.

Debate on district council finances - House of Commons, Wednesday 1 May 2019

The information below outlines the scale of the financial challenge facing all councils, including district councils, and the measures which must be taken to ensure local government is funded sustainably. It also sets out the pressures facing some of district councils’ most in-demand services.

Cipfa Financial Management Code consultation response, 30 April 2019

Sound financial management is crucial to the financial resilience of councils and Cipfa’s proposed new code is a welcome addition to the tools and guidance that councils can use to achieve that.

Debate on local government funding, House of Commons, 27 March 2019

Investing in councils will have a positive effect on wider economic growth and the public finances. Research suggests that putting money into infrastructure and services such as social housing, local roads, and green spaces is good for the overall economy.

Debate on the economy in light of the Spring Statement, House of Lords, 20 March 2019

Local authorities will face an overall funding gap of £3.1 billion in 2019/20, which we estimate will rise to £8 billion by 2024/25. The pressures are particularly acute in adult social care, children’s services and homelessness support.

Motion relating to the Local Government Finance Report 2019/20, House of Commons debate, 5 February 2019

Councils are central to building communities that are inclusive, cohesive and promote people’s life chances.

Debate on the ability of local authorities to deliver essential services, House of Lords, 24 January 2019

Councils are uniquely placed to build communities that are inclusive, cohesive and promote people’s life chances. They do this by tailoring more than 800 local services to the needs of their residents, to meet local and national challenges.

LGA briefing: Debate on local government funding, House of Commons, Tuesday 15 January 2019

Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost almost 60p in every £1 of central government funding. This has created an unsustainable gap in council funding that is having a significant impact on the services which local authorities deliver in their communities.

The 2019/20 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement - response

The Local Government Association 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.


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