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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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.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 23 November 2018

"We welcome the powers granted by the Government for councils to impose civil penalties of up to £30,000 for the worst housing offences."

‘A new deal for social housing’ green paper - LGA response

Councils are proud of their housing and the families that call it home, they are committed to improving standards, to empowering and supporting tenants, and to expanding the stock of social housing for those in need of a secure, quality, affordable home.

LGA response to MHCLG consultation on rents for social housing from 2020-21

We believe it is important to retain an element of local flexibility within a stable long-term national framework of rent increases.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill RS and 3rd Reading, 26 October 2018

We support the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill. Councils want their residents to live in homes that are decent, safe and secure, and councils’ housing teams work hard to ensure homes are fit for purpose.

Debate on building more affordable housing - briefing, House of Lords, 25 October 2018

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 homes a year. The last time this country built more than 250,000 homes a year, councils delivered more than 40 per cent of them

LGA Response: BEIS consultation on inclusion of shale gas production projects in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime

The LGA does not support the proposal to include major shale gas production projects in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime. This will bypass the locally democratic planning system.

LGA response to the MHCLG consultation on Permitted development for shale gas exploration

The LGA does not support the proposal for a permitted development right for shale gas exploration. This will bypass the locally democratic planning system.

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