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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Adjournment debate on social homes for rent, House of Commons, Wednesday 6 December 2017

The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face. Councils are working with communities to ensure more homes are built, but only an increase of all types of housing – including those for affordable or social rent – will solve the housing crisis.

Adjournment debate, Government policy on local authority housing, House of Commons, 20 December 2017

The Autumn Budget has taken a step forward by lifting the housing borrowing cap for some councils. We welcome this announcement, but it does not go far enough.

Briefing: independent review of build out – final report

A summary of the main recommendations of relevance to local government and the LGA's initial response.

Building Safety Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords, 21 February 2022

The LGA has four core asks around the Building Safety Bill.

Building Safety Bill, Report Stage, House of Commons, 19 January 2022

No leaseholder should have to pay the costs of making their homes safe and the Secretary of State’s threat to use the legal system to ensure developers meet their responsibilities to leaseholders is a positive step in the right direction. However, leaseholders are not the only innocent victims of the construction industry’s failure to build safe homes.

Building Safety Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords, 29 March 2022

The LGA has a set of core asks around the Building Safety Bill. These are addressed in order of priority.

Building Safety Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 21 July 2021

The most controversial aspect of the Bill remains the question of who pays to remediate the consequences of twenty years of systemic failure in building safety.

Building Safety Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 2 February 2022

Delivery of the new building safety regime is dependent on council building control and the fire service. The funding to achieve the necessary increase in skills and capacity has not yet been agreed and we are concerned that it may be inadequate. The LGA asks that new funding is administered to councils and fire services to deliver this new work.

Business and Planning Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords, 13 July 2020

Councils want to work with the Government to develop post COVID-19 recovery options. The economic, social and environmental recovery our communities need will look different in different areas of the country and only a locally coordinated response will be effective.

Business and Planning Bill, House of Commons, 29 June 2020

Councils want to work with the Government to develop post COVID-19 recovery options. The economic, social and environmental recovery our communities need will look different in different areas of the country and only a locally coordinated response will be effective.

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