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 the Apprenticeship Levy and the case for the effective delivery of workplace opportunities for young people, House of Lords, 4 July 2019

To help councils and combined authorities close their skills gaps the Government should enable them to coordinate a localised approach to skills. This includes loosening Apprenticeship Levy restrictions. We welcome announcements made on this in the 2018 Budget, but the Government must now go further and faster. 

LGA briefing: debate on apprenticeships and skills policy, House of Commons, 8 January 2019

Research commissioned by the LGA reveals that the skills gap is worsening. By 2024 there will be more than four million too few high-skilled people to take up available jobs, two million too many with intermediate skills and more than six million too many low-skilled.

Debate on the Government’s skills strategy, House of Commons, 8 May 2018

Research commissioned by the LGA reveals that the skills gap is worsening. By 2024 there will be more than four million too few high-skilled people to take up available jobs, two million too many with intermediate skills and more than six million too many low-skilled.

Westminster Hall debate on skills devolution in England, House of Commons, 23 January 2018

Research commissioned by the LGA reveals that the skills gap is worsening. By 2024 there will be more than four million too few high-skilled people to take up available jobs, two million too many with intermediate skills and more than six million too many low-skilled.

Response to the Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence into the contribution of European Economic Area (EEA) workers in the UK labour market, October 2017

A key issue for local government is business continuity and the ability to plan for the sustainability of essential public services and that local private and public sector employers have a steady supply of the skills they need to thrive and grow.

Backbench business debate on the Social Mobility Commission's State of the Nation report

We want every resident to have a good quality of life and to aspire to improve their circumstances regardless of their background or where they live.

LGA response to Improving Lives - The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

Improving Lives - The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper aims to identify ways disabled people and people with long-term health conditions can be more effectively supported to secure work, stay in work, and progress. 

Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit | House of Commons

Locally commissioned employment support programmes can help to provide tailored support to people who have complex conditions and find it difficult to overcome certain barriers to access the jobs market.

LGA briefing - area reviews of post-16 education and training institutions

The programme of reviews, covering further education and sixth form colleges, is taking place in waves and is due to completed by end of March 2017. Read the full briefing:

LGA briefing - new DWP programme for the unemployed

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is preparing to launch a new Work and Health Programme (WHP) for people with health conditions and disabilities and those unemployed for over two years. It will replace the current Work Programme (WP) and Work Choice contracts.

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