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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Tackling litter in rural and urban areas | House of Lords

Tackling waste crime is a key priority for local authorities

Support for local authorities after Storm Eva | Westminster Hall

Councils have been at the forefront of activity ahead of, during and after flooding to support their residents and businesses.

Litter and fly-tipping in England | Westminster Hall

Local authorities dealt with a total of 900 thousand incidents of fly tipping in 2014/15, an increase of 5.6 per cent since 2013/14.

Debate on the Government’s 25-year plan for the Environment, House of Lords, 29 January 2018

We support the Government’s ambition to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. Producers must do more to ensure that packaging is easily recyclable. This would make waste disposal easier for our residents, and save considerable amounts of money, whilst protecting our environment.

LGA response to Defra consultation on proposals to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector

The LGA responded to consultation from government on new powers for councils to issue fixed penalty notices to householders for failing to meet their duties in disposing of waste. This could provide a useful alternative to prosecution for “duty of care” offences.

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.

Debate on plastic bottles and coffee cups, House of Commons, 26 April 2018

Waste and recycling are among the most valued services any council provides. They are used by all council taxpayers and represent the third biggest spend item in a council’s budget. A doubling of spend by councils to £3.28 billion has seen recycling rates improve 400 per cent in the last decade.

LGA response to Future of Mobility call for evidence, 10 September 2018

Over the past year our members have placed increased importance on the future of mobility and therefore it is a policy area where the LGA has become more active.

LGA response to consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood

Local authorities share the Government’s commitment to improving air quality and support the phasing out the most polluting products used for domestic burning given their contribution to emissions.   

LGA briefing: Debate on the threat to the environment by plastic and the case for improved recycling, House of Lords - 19 December 2018

The LGA has long called for businesses and manufacturers to pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging.

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