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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Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19, Second Reading, House of Commons, 17 June 2019

We welcome the proposal for businesses to provide more regular information to the Valuation Office Agency, as part of a move to more frequent valuations. This must be accompanied by measures to significantly reduce the backlog of appeals.

Future of free schools , House of Commons, 19 June 2019

LGA commissioned research found that councils are facing a high needs funding shortfall of £667 million in the 2019-20 financial year and this funding gap could rise to £1.6 billion by 2021.

Debate on social housing, House of Commons, 13 June 2019

Social housing should be treated as an important national investment and seen as a desirable long-term option for a home.

Debate on high streets and town centres in 2030, House of Commons, 13 June 2019

We welcome the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s recommendation that the business rates system needs to be modernised to ensure online business make a fair contribution.

Domestic abuse and homelessness, House of Commons, 12 June 2019

A multi-agency approach is needed to tackle this crime, with flexibility in the new package of support to ensure services can be tailored to the needs of different areas.

Protecting children from harmful vehicle emissions, House of Lords, 11 June 2019

"If the Government’s air quality plans and any new local powers are to be successful, they need to be underpinned by local flexibility and sufficient funding which needs to be addressed in the Spending Review. "

Social Mobility - House of Commons, 12 June 2019

Local government works across a broad range of services that are important to social mobility. These include education, welfare, housing, family services and public health to name just a few. Councils are therefore uniquely placed to proactively contribute to improving social mobility of its residents.

Government’s plans to support victims of domestic violence and abuse, House of Lords - 6 June 2019

The draft Domestic Abuse Bill, published in January 2019, has the potential to make important changes to help improve the lives of victims. Our ultimate aim should be preventing this abuse from occurring in the first place.

National Audit Office, Local Audit in England Code of Audit Practice Consultation response

We welcome the opportunity to comment on this consultation on the Code of Audit Practice, following on from the last review in 2014 and operation since.

Response to the Grenfell Tower Fire, House of Commons, 6 June 2019

Progress continues to be made in carrying out remediation to the 45 council-owned and 100 plus housing association-owned blocks with combinations of aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding and insulation that have been found not to meet the building regulation standards.

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