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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Homelessness among Ukrainian Refugees in the UK, House of Commons 14 March 2023

Councils have a proud history of welcoming new arrivals so that they can build new lives in the UK and have huge range of expertise that has informed the development and delivery of that support.

Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill Remaining Stages, House of Commons, 3 March 2023

As we highlighted to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, councils have been concerned for some time now that a minority of exempt accommodation providers operating across the country fall short in providing good quality, personalised support for people in vulnerable circumstances.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: reforms to National Planning Policy Consultation

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities held a consultation on reforms to national planning policy between 22 December 2022 and 2 March 2023. The consultation sought views on proposals to develop new and revise current national planning policy.

LGA response to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities consultation on the Building Safety Levy

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities held a consultation on the Building Safety Levy between 22 November 2022 and 7 February 2023. The consultation sought views on the design and implementation of the Levy. Our response to the consultation questions can be found below.

Technical consultation on consequential changes to the homelessness legislation

We welcome the opportunity to comment on the proposed technical changes to homelessness legislation following Renter’s Reform as this may have an impact on the way homelessness services carry out their duties.

Planning policy, House of Commons - 17 January 2023

Councils are committed to working with Government and developers to meet the Government’s aspirations of 300,000 new homes per year, with land for more than 2.6 million homes allocated in Local Plans.

Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill Second Reading, House of Commons, 11 January 2023

The LGA broadly welcomes the Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill, which would make provision about the regulation of supported exempt accommodation; make provision about local authority oversight of, and enforcement powers relating to, the provision of supported exempt accommodation; and for connected purposes.

Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 18 November 2022

The LGA wants to see a locally-led fully funded oversight and enforcement regime for exempt accommodation within a strengthened national regulatory framework. This should include a requirement for all exempt accommodation providers to be Registered Providers. This will ensure that councils’ responses can be tailored to the challenges they face and the contexts of local housing markets and demand.

Office of Government Property: RAAC Safety Briefing Notice

This letter details what RAAC is, its dangers, and the immediate actions that councils can take.

LGA submission to the Independent Review of the Construction Products Testing Regime

The LGA has direct experience of the failure of the construction product testing regime in two respects: the testing of cladding systems and the testing of fire doors.


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