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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Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill 2017-19, House of Commons, 23 April 2018

We are seeking assurances from the Government that this Bill will have no detrimental impact on local government.

House of Commons debate on the Industrial Strategy, 18 April 2018

As we leave the European Union, the Government’s industrial strategy provides an opportunity to drive the creation of a successful, world-leading economy. We welcome the strong focus on place as one of the five foundations of productivity and the building block of local industrial strategies.

Debate on reducing fly-tipping, House of Commons, 17 April 2018

Fly-tipping is an environmental and public health hazard. It blights our streets and green spaces, and often rewards criminal activity. Local authorities want to work with the Government to strengthen deterrents to fly-tipping and ensure those who illegally dump waste are punished.

LGA response to DHSC call for evidence on local authority public health prescribed activity, 16 April 2018

We welcome the Government's continued support for the devolution of public health responsibility and power to local authorities, allowing local services to be shaped to meet local needs must continue to be the core principle of the reforms as outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

General debate on housing and homes - House of Commons, 16 April 2018

The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face. The last time this country built more than 250,000 homes a year, councils built more than 40 per cent of them.

LGA briefing: Childhood Obesity, House of Lords debate, 17 April 2018

Analysis of a recent survey conducted by the LGA among local leaders on public health delivered by their local authority showed that the top priority for public health is to give children and young people the best start in life.

LGA briefing: Debate on a sustainable lifelong learning culture, House of Lords, 16 April 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.

The impact of Brexit on tourism and creative industries, 17 April 2018

The UK’s exit from the EU will have a significant impact on local communities and businesses. The LGA, along with local government associations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, is meeting regularly with ministers and officials to discuss issues important to councils.

LGA response to the Arts Council England 2018 conversation

The LGA is pleased to contribute to the Arts Council England 2018 conversation, which will contribute to the Arts Council England strategy 2020-30.

Long term sustainability of the NHS and Social Care, 19 April 2018

The commissioning and provision of adult social care and support is a vital council service that can transform people’s lives. It is a crucial public service that supports working age disabled adults, older people and their carers, as well as promotes their wellbeing and independence. Despite major funding pressures, councils have worked hard to preserve adult social care outcomes.

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