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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Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, Committee Stage, House of Commons, June 2022

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill acts upon long running asks from councils and the LGA for further devolution in England. We are pleased that the Government has proposed to speed up the process and make good on its commitment to offer all of England the opportunity to benefit from a devolution deal by 2030.

Social Housing Regulation Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 27 May 2022

It will be important that any new requirements or responsibilities for councils align with proposals being brought forward in both the Fire Safety Act and the Building Safety Act and are fully funded.

LGA Response to the Government’s Food Strategy: June 13, 2022

Everyone should have access to healthy and affordable food. The strategy response represents a missed opportunity to tackle the underlying causes of a variety of issues, many of which will continue to be exacerbated by the growing cost of living crisis. Unless the government takes urgent action, health inequalities will widen and its ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030 will be missed.

Planning reforms

This briefing summarises the housing and planning proposals of most relevance and significance to local government. It also provides the LGA’s initial reaction to the proposals along with our policy messages, which may necessarily evolve as discussions on the proposals continue.

Westminster Hall debate on Homes for Ukraine scheme and child refugees, House of Commons, 22 June 2022

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, councils have been working closely with the Government to ensure support for new arrivals from Ukraine is put in place quickly and at scale, and families are kept safe.

Urgent CIPFA consultation on temporary changes to the accounting code (Infrastructure assets)

The current issues with local audit are complex and have a number of causes including a limited number of firms within the market and a shortage of suitably qualified auditors working for those firms. This situation has been made worse by tighter and stricter regulation of auditors following audit scandals in the private sector and more recently by the difficulty of auditing under COVID restrictions.

Future health challenges: public health projections

Smoking prevalence analysis: methodology summary by the LGA Research and Information Team

General debate on building safety and social housing, House of Commons, 9 June 2022

The LGA has called on the Government to provide councils with the powers and tools to reverse the chronic shortage of social housing, including giving councils powers to build 100,000 high-quality, climate-friendly social homes a year.

Schools Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords, 8 June 2022

Councils have a crucial role to play in education, from ensuring every child has a school place to turning around struggling schools, which they demonstrated when providing vital support to schools during the pandemic.

LGA submission to Ofgem’s call for input on future of local energy institutions and governance

Councils want to work as partners with central government, and Ofgem, to tackle climate change with a focus on transitioning to net zero.

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