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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Business Rates Review: call for evidence: Tranche One response, September 2020

On the high streets, footfall is down over 43 per cent compared to the same period last year. Before the pandemic, footfall had dropped over 10 per cent in the last 7 years. Internet sales had risen 21 per cent of all retail sales from 7 per cent a decade earlier and during the pandemic had jumped to nearly 33 per cent of all retail sales.

Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020

The timing of these regulations presents a major issue both for councils and for employees.

Hospitals (Parking Charges and Business Rates) Bill, House of Commons, Second Reading, 11 September 2020

Business rates account for around a quarter of all council spending power. Money raised is used to pay for vital local services, such as caring for older and disabled people, protecting children, fixing potholes and collecting bins.

National Audit Office, Auditor Guidance Note 03 (AGN 03) Auditors’ Work on Value for Money (VFM) Arrangements – consultation response September 2020

It would be helpful if the Auditor Guidance Note could comment on whether the new arrangements are expected to result in significant additional resources being required.

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.

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.

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