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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The Fire Safety Bill, Committee stage, House of Commons, 25 June 2020

We welcome the introduction of the Fire Safety Bill (FSB) and hope it will be an important step in the right direction. We are concerned about some of the practicalities of the Bill, how it aligns with the building safety proposals the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is preparing, and the costs it may impose on councils and other building owners.

Fire Safety Bill: Second Reading, House of Commons, 29 April 2020

To ensure the legislation is successful in protecting lives, national government must ensure that local government is reimbursed for any additional costs arising out of the operational changes mandated by this Bill.

LGA response to consultation on sprinklers and other fire safety measures in new high-rise blocks of flats

We have followed the consultation in referring to sprinklers. However guidance and standards need to allow for the development of other automatic fire suppression system technologies.

LGA Response to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005: call for evidence July 2019

We are not commenting on any feature other than the use of the FSO in relation to multi-occupancy high-rise buildings. Our responses contained below.

Government funding for the removal of cladding from privately owned high-rise blocks, House of Commons, 29 April 2019

Social housing providers have acted to protect residents. While some private landlords are doing the same, there is a significant issue with private landlords who are reluctant to act, are passing charges onto leaseholders, or sometimes cannot be identified.

Fire safety and sprinkler systems - House of Commons, 12 March 2019

We are calling on the Government to introduce tougher sprinkler rules to ensure fire safety in high-rise buildings and care homes. 

The impact of funding reductions on fire services, House of Commons, 20 February 2019

"In order to respond comprehensively to emergency situations, fire and rescue services need to be funded and resourced to respond to risk, not demand."

LGA Briefing: Fire safety and cladding, House of Commons, 23 January 2019

We welcome the steps that have been taken to date to address dangerous cladding and other fire safety issues, including the ban on combustible cladding. However, the Government needs to act with urgency to deliver protections for residents in dangerous buildings as quickly as possible.

LGA Response to MHCLG consultation on banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings

LGA Response to MHCLG consultation on banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings

LGA Response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety

The LGA welcomes the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report, and supports many of the recommendations in it

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