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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Opposition day debate on Universal Credit House of Commons, 17 October 2018

We want the continued implementation of Universal Credit to be a success. Equally crucially we want the reformed welfare system as a whole to be a success, not just for Government, but for councils and, most importantly, for the people using it.

Opposition Day debate on Universal Credit, House of Commons, 11 July 2018

We support the principle of Universal Credit, which is to incentivise work and increase income from employment. Councils want the transition to be a success, however there are concerns about funding reductions for the programme, the impact of the freeze to working age benefits, and shortfalls in funding for supporting claimants with additional needs.

LGA response to the DfE consultation 'Eligibility for free school meals and the early years pupil premium under Universal Credit', January 2018

The LGA's full response to the four consultation questions, as well as some additional questions and comments.

LGA response to the DfE consultation ‘Eligibility for the free early years entitlement for two-year-olds under Universal Credit’, January 2018

The LGA supports the provision of free early education for disadvantaged two-year-olds, in addition to the wider offer for all families.

Debate on the effect of Universal Credit on the private rented sector, House of Commons, 9 January 2017

Local authorities continue to play an important role in managing the impacts of welfare reform in their communities, including the rollout of the Universal Credit (UC) Full Service. It is therefore crucial that councils’ concerns about the effect of the rollout of UC on residents and services are listened to by the Government.

Opposition Day Debate, Universal Credit, House of Commons, Tuesday 5 December 2017

Local authorities continue to play an important role in managing the impacts of welfare reform in their communities, including the rollout of the Universal Credit (UC) Full Service. It is therefore crucial that councils’ concerns about the effect of the rollout of UC on residents and services are listened to by the Government.

Debate on the impact of Universal Credit on claimants, House of Lords, Thursday 16 November 2017

Independent research for the LGA found that the cumulative impact of welfare reforms to 2020 will lead to falls in real income for many households. It is therefore vital the Government works with councils to ensure that UC is effective in incentivising work and increasing income from employment.

Backbench Business Debate The rollout of Universal Credit, House of Commons, Thursday 16 November 2017

Many councils have been successful in developing innovative, cross-organisational approaches to delivering welfare reform locally. However, there have been substantial challenges presented by the scale of the reforms, including the introduction of UC alongside the wider reforms.

Opposition Day Debate on the rollout of Universal Credit, House of Commons, Wednesday 18 October 2017

Councils have raised concerns about the design and implementation of Universal Credit (UC) Full Service to date, in particular the impact of the initial waiting period and delays in claimants receiving their first UC payment.

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