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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Debate on rough sleeping, House of Commons, 7 February 2019

Homelessness is a tragedy for all those it affects and is one of the most visible signs of the nation’s housing crisis.

LGA response to the MHCLG consultation ‘Reforming developer contributions: technical consultation on draft regulations’

"We consider that there is an urgent need to consolidate the CIL regulations into a single updated version to reflect the numerous changes made since its introduction."

The long-term commitment to increased provision of social housing to help to reduce housing costs, homelessness and housing benefit expenditure

The housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face. Councils have a key role in delivering more affordable housing and helping to build 300,000 new homes a year.

LGA Briefing: Fire safety and cladding, House of Commons, 23 January 2019

We welcome the steps that have been taken to date to address dangerous cladding and other fire safety issues, including the ban on combustible cladding. However, the Government needs to act with urgency to deliver protections for residents in dangerous buildings as quickly as possible.

LGA response to the Defra consultation on Net Gain

We support the principle of biodiversity net gain and the broader ambitions of the 25 Year Environment Plan to be the first generation to leave our natural environment in a better state than we found it.

LGA response: MHCLG consultation on ‘Planning Reform: Supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes’ (December 2018)

Councils are approving 9 in 10 planning application and in almost 70 per cent of planning appeal cases the Planning Inspectorate uphold councils’ decisions.

Briefing: independent review of build out – final report

A summary of the main recommendations of relevance to local government and the LGA's initial response.

Technical consultation on updates to national planning policy and guidance - response

The LGA has acknowledged that there are merits in introducing an element of standardisation in supporting to councils assess housing need.

Tenant Fees Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords, 11 December 2018

"Allowing councils to keep money from fines is helpful, but may not address the cost of the proactive work necessary to ensure letting agents are complying with the ban."

LGA Briefing: Debate on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Report: Private rented sector, House of Commons, 29 November 2018

The private rented sector has more than doubled in size since 2002. To accompany the rise in the number of private renters, councils have stepped up their engagement with landlords.


"Local areas need more say and more control over the employment and skills agenda – the key thing is: #CouncilsCan

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