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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The Local Government (Disqualifcation) Act 2022

Background and implications for councils and councillors

Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022

This briefing outlines what the Act covers and how it will impact local government.

LGA submission to Ofgem’s call for input on ECO4 Guidance for Local Authorities

Councils want to work as partners with central government and Ofgem to tackle climate change with a focus on transitioning to net zero. Net zero can only be achieved with decarbonisation happening in every place across the country and this will require local leadership.

Business Rates Revaluation 2023: Consultation on the transitional arrangements

Our key point in responding to this consultation is that any transitional arrangements for 2023, whether part of the formal scheme or supplementary, should be announced no later than autumn 2022 when the draft list and provisional multiplier are announced. This is in order to make the process as smooth as possible for both ratepayers and billing authorities and allow time for any necessary software changes.

Local Government Association response to the Government consultation on the SEND and alternative provision system in England

The previous reforms to the SEND system set out in the Children and Families Act 2014 have failed to achieve the goal of improving provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Placing children and young people at the centre of the SEND system was right, but the reforms set out in the Act were not supported by sufficient powers or funding to allow councils to meet the needs of children with SEND or hold health and education partners to account for their contributions to local SEND systems.

LGA response to Defra consultation on environmental targets

It is helpful to see Defra’s thinking on the scope of long-term environmental targets. As a next step, Defra needs to set out clear implementation plans with interim targets.

LGA Response to DLUHC’s Compulsory Purchase – Compensation Reforms

We broadly support measures that streamline and modernise the CPO process including flexibility surrounding the three-year time-limit in which a CPO can be used.

Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, Committee Stage, House of Commons, 19 July 2022

We are deeply concerned that the proposed risk-mitigation measures in clause 71 of the Bill potentially give the Secretary of State significant powers to intervene in a local authority. There is a danger that the formula-based approach outlined in the Bill could impact more widely than intended. It is vital that the Government undertakes full engagement with the sector, including full consultation before enacting the regulations arising from the Bill.

Energy Bill, Second Reading House of Lords, 19 July 2022

The LGA support the Government’s ambition to protect consumers from unfair pricing by enabling an extension of the price cap beyond 2023

Online Safety Bill, Report Stage, House of Commons, 12 July 2022

The Local Government Association (LGA) supports the overall aims of the Online Safety Bill (OSB), which makes provisions for Ofcom to regulate certain internet services.

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