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Briefings and responses

On behalf of its membership, the cross-party LGA regularly submits to Government consultations, briefs parliamentarians and responds to a wide range of parliamentary inquiries. Our recent responses to government consultations and parliamentary briefings can be found here.

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Westminster Hall Debate on Digital exclusion: A debate on digital exclusion

The LGA is calling on DSIT to coordinate the multiple bodies involved in the Public Switch Telephone Network switchover (digital phone switchover). Coordination and accountability are vital to align communications messaging and ensure sectors and consumers, including the most vulnerable, are protected and prepared for the upgrade process.

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Employment of people living in rural and coastal communities: A General Debate on Employment of people living in rural and coastal communities

National economic growth can only be achieved if every local economy is firing on all cylinders. Councils need the right powers and adequate long-term funding to play a lead role in unlocking the labour market, creating jobs, plugging skills gaps and delivering for all our communities.

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Private Members’ Bill: Access to Telecommunications

A Private Members’ Bill to require providers of electronic communications networks to grant other such providers access to their apparatus where that is necessary to ensure a consistent network coverage.

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Westminster Hall Debate – Implementation of the Shared Rural Network

A Westminster Hall Debate on the Implementation of the Shared Rural Network

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Westminster Hall debate, Provision of broadband for rural communities, 13 December 2023

Councils want to go further to tackle regional inequalities in broadband infrastructure and accelerate the roll out in hard-to-reach communities. Local authority digital champions act as a central point of contact, helping to extend gigabit-capable broadband across the country as quickly as possible. We are therefore calling on Government to fully fund a digital champion in every local authority.

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Westminster Hall debate, Withdrawal of copper wire telecommunications networks, 13 December 2023

Upgrading, replacing and reconnecting these telecare devices, just one element of the PSTN switchover, to the digital network will be extremely costly. GLA Economics estimates the upgrade costs to be £31 million for London boroughs and impacting over 63,000 users.

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Online Safety Bill, Consideration of Lords Amendments, House of Commons - 12 September 2023

The regulation proposed in this Bill is aimed at ensuring platforms have systems and processes in place to deal with illegal and harmful content and their associated risk, particularly to children and young people.

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Tackling the digital divide - House of Commons, 4 November 2021

Digital access and skills are essential to enabling people to fully participate in an increasingly digital society. Tackling the digital divide will be crucial to addressing social and economic inequalities and levelling up every community.

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Debate on Project Gigabit and community-led internet service providers, House of Commons, 21 September 2021

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted that broadband is essential infrastructure. Access to fast and reliable broadband connectivity is vital to help communities stay connected, drive inclusive recovery and create quality jobs.

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Digital Economy Bill

Key briefing and summary points for local government on the Digital Economy Bill.

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