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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Changes to the planning system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, June 2020

A local, plan-led system continues to be vital in ensuring that councils and the communities they represent have a say over the way places develop. This includes the delivery of homes, where locally required, and the supporting infrastructure needed to create sustainable, resilient places. This will be even more critical as we move towards recovery after COVID-19.

Plans to support people who were previously homeless into permanent housing after the COVID-19 pandemic, House of Lords, 14 May 2020

Councils have welcomed the £3.2 million worth of additional funding to support rough sleepers, as well as the £3.2 billion to help councils through this period. However, they need a commitment that the extraordinary costs incurred by all services to date – as well as the costs from delivering “business as usual” services with reduced income flows – will be met. Without this, the sustainability of council services, including homeless services, will be jeopardised in the short and medium-term.

LGA submission to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: First Homes, 01 May 2020

Councils want to play a lead role in developing a locally responsive mix of tenures, which includes homes for sale, as well as social homes and other affordable homes for those who are not ready or do not want to buy.

Housing and Planning, House of Commons, 3 March 2020

We are calling on the Government to use the Budget to give councils the tools and powers they need to resume their historic role as major housebuilders of good, quality affordable homes for social rent, and to invest in homelessness prevention.

LGA submission to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: The Future Homes Standard (February 2020)

The LGA supports local authorities in their ambition to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions across housing and all their business in the shift towards achieving net zero carbon.

Opposition Day Debate, Homelessness, House of Commons, 29 January 2020

In the previous two years of the Housing Advisers Programme, we have funded over 100 councils to help councils build homes, reduce homelessness, plan for population ageing, understand the student housing market and increase supply of modular housing.

LGA Submission – Proposed reforms to permitted development rights to support the deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage, November 2019

Instead of pushing for more permitted development, Government must continue to work with local government and the mobile industry to share best practice and guidance to help the streamlined deployment of mobile infrastructure within the current planning regime to allow communities to engage in the development of their local areas.

LGA briefing: Building out extant planning permissions, House of Commons, 30 October 2019

Councils approve nine in ten planning applications and last year worked with developers to permission over 350,000 homes, an 11-year high.

LGA response to the Consultation on a new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants - October 2019

The LGA’s view is that the best way to increase housing security is to address the unaffordability of housing, which is a key reason why many people lose their tenancy and become homeless.

LGA response to the Consultation on rogue landlord database reform - September 2019

The Local Government Association is supportive of proposals to widen access to the national rogue landlord database to tenants and prospective tenants. We are also supportive of expanding the scope of offences leading to entries on the database.

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