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 (Public Lavatories) Bill House of Commons, Second Reading, 16 July 2020

The Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill seeks to provide 100 per cent business rates relief for standalone public lavatories in England and Wales. This includes publicly and privately owned, free to use and charging for entry lavatories.

Estimates day debate on the spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, House of Commons - 9 July 2020

Councils have shown leadership and supported their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local authorities and their essential workforce have worked hard to protect the most vulnerable within their communities, they have supported businesses and convened the voluntary sector to bring together communities, as well as continuing to deliver key services.

HM Treasury Public Works Loans Board, future lending terms, response to the consultation from Local Government Association May 2020

The consultation paper was issued before strict measures were implemented to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the financial environment for local government has changed so profoundly that we cannot overlook the issue. 

Budget 2020 – LGA On the Day Briefing

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

Motion relating to Local Government Finance Report 2020/21

The Local Government Finance Settlement is the annual determination of funding to local government from central government. The provisional Settlement for 2020/21 was published on 20 December 2019.

Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2020/21: on-the-day briefing

On 20 December, the Government announced the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for 2020/21.

LGA response to the technical consultation on the 2020/21 local government finance settlement, 31 October 2019

We note that the consultation states that the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement will be published in December 2019. We would urge the Government to publish the provisional settlement as soon as possible after 12 December and no later than Parliament rising for the Christmas recess.

Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19, Second Reading, House of Lords, 30 September 2019

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

Spending Round 2019: on the day briefing

The 2019 Spending Round has provided councils with much of the funding certainty and stability they need for next year.

Debate on MHCLG spending estimates, House of Commons, 2 July 2019

Councils will face an overall funding gap of £3.1 billion in 2019/20, which we estimate will rise to £8 billion by 2024/25. The pressures are particularly acute in adult social care, children’s services, public health and homelessness support. Overspends in these services have forced councils to make in-year budget cuts to balance their books.

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