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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Coronavirus Bill

Acting as a fourth emergency service, local government is prioritising the most vulnerable to ensure they have the support they need.

Opposition Day Debate: Local government responsibilities for public services, including social care, House of Commons, 18 March 2020

Protecting and supporting communities, including the most vulnerable, remains councils’ top priority. Council staff are working 24 hours a day to help delay the virus, minimise the spread of infection and keep people safe and well. Council colleagues are doing an amazing job in hugely challenging circumstances and we pay the highest tribute to their commitment and dedication.

Budget 2020 – LGA On the Day Briefing

Our on-the-day briefing highlights the main announcements and their impact on local government.

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill, House of Commons, Second Reading, 13 March 2020

School uniforms can help children feel part of a community and instil a sense of pride in their school. School uniforms can also be practical and prevent bullying related harms where children are singled out for what they are wearing.

Investing in and embracing a Green Economy, House of Lords, 12 March 2020

The LGA is committed to supporting local government to continue on this journey, and our climate change hub brings together an overview of our sector-led improvement offer of support to help councils continue to provide strong local leadership on this important issue.

PSAA's consultation on the audit fee scale for 2020/21

Read the Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) consultation on 2021 audit fee scale. Read the LGA response

LGA response to Government consultation on strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments, 4 March 2020

Although strengthened police powers offer the potential to help tackle unauthorised encampments, in isolation they are unlikely to solve the problems caused by them, since tackling unauthorised encampments requires a multi-agency response and the resources to support this.

Flooding: Opposition Day Debate, House of Commons, 4 March 2020

A strategic national response to flooding is vital in supporting local efforts. All affected councils and areas should also have the opportunity to engage directly with the new cross-Whitehall Flood Recovery Taskforce. Councils should have their say in how the £4 billion the Government has committed to flooding over the next five years is spent.

Opposition Day Debate: Health Inequalities, House of Commons, 4 March 2020

Sustainable, long-term investment in councils’ public health services is needed if we are to reverse reductions in life expectancy and tackle health inequalities across the country.

International Women’s Day debate: 5 and 10 March 2020

We are committed to helping members improve their diversity and inclusion across all areas and we are working with central government to encourage more women to enter politics.

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