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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LGA response: DfE consultation - Implementing a New Further Education Funding and Accountability System

Our response to the DfE second stage consultation on implementing a new further education funding and accountability system for adult skills.

Local Skills Improvement Plans statutory guidance: submission from the LGA

The Government’s approach to give local Employer Representative Bodies a lead role in articulating their skills need in Local Skills Improvement Plans is a step in the right direction. However, the wide-ranging role of local government – councils and MCAs/GLA – in supporting this process is missing from the Act and statutory guidance.

LGA response to DfE consultation: New Further Education Funding and Accountability System

This LGA response to the Government consultation considers the views of local authorities – councils and combined authorities – as place shapers and leaders, adult learning providers and commissioners.

LGA response to DfE consultation: National Skills Fund

The DfE sought views on how remaining National Skills Funding could be used to help more people benefit from the new publicly funded level 3 qualifications offer, skills bootcamps and how it can meet critical skills needs. This LGA response considers the view of local authorities – councils and combined authorities – as place shapers and leaders and adult learning providers.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, 15 November 2021

Local government – local authorities (LAs) and mayoral combined authorities (MCAs) – have a crucial role in making the skills and employment system work for their areas, and have wide-ranging functions and expertise in the skills system.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, Report Stage House of Lords, 12 October 2021

Throughout the pandemic, councils were trusted to lead the employment and skills recovery in their areas.

Skills and post-16 Education Bill, House of Lords, Second Reading, 15 June 2021

As furlough ends, no community will be untouched by unemployment. It is vitally important that a joined up, place-based employment, skills and careers system offers adults and young people the recovery they deserve by providing access to quality education and training opportunities.

Education Committee’s report: A plan for an adult skills and lifelong learning revolution, House of Commons, Thursday 15 April 2021

We welcome the recommendation of an ambitious, long-term strategy for adult skills and lifelong learning and that local authorities are awarded powers and funding to take on an enhanced statutory role for mapping, commissioning and delivery.

International Women’s Day debate, 11 March 2021

The equal participation of women and men in local politics, as our elected councillors and as our leaders, is an important condition for effective democracy and good governance.

Debate on the Apprenticeship Levy and the case for the effective delivery of workplace opportunities for young people, House of Lords, 4 July 2019

To help councils and combined authorities close their skills gaps the Government should enable them to coordinate a localised approach to skills. This includes loosening Apprenticeship Levy restrictions. We welcome announcements made on this in the 2018 Budget, but the Government must now go further and faster. 


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