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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Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

It is crucial that these regulations come into effect ahead of summer parliamentary recess, which will provide councils with additional time to consider applications for licences extending beyond September 2021.

Debate on the Report from the Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003, House of Lords, Wednesday 20 December 2017

The LGA welcomed the appointment of a House of Lords Select Committee to investigate the effectiveness of the Licensing Act 2003 and the insight that the Committee’s work has provided in a number of areas.

Debate on the Task and Finish Group report on taxi and private hire licensing, House of Commons, 13 November 2018

We have long-called for the existing outdated taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing laws to be updated and strengthened.

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Many councils have concerns about the impact of clustering of betting shops on their areas, as well as the associated numbers of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals | Westminster Hall debate

We are calling for the Government to deliver on its commitment to hold a triennial review of machine stakes.

Lessons learnt on bringing regulatory services into a unitary authority

This briefing aims to provide useful advice for any councils becoming unitary authorities and shares an overview of lessons learnt from a number of councils who have brought regulatory services together during this process.

LGA Response to Modernising consumer markets green paper

This response is focused solely on the key strategic challenge facing trading standards as a local government service.

Licensing of Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles Bill House of Commons, Friday 2 February 2018

The LGA welcomes this Bill which would make it easier for licensing authorities to access vital background information about drivers seeking a licence in their areas

Pedicabs (London) Bill: Adjourned debate on Second Reading, House of Commons, 21 January 2022

Currently, pedicabs are exempt from the regulations which cover taxis and private hire vehicles. They do not need a licence to operate, are able to set their own prices and are not subject to checks on the safety and ability of their drivers, or the road worthiness of their vehicles. Councils have been made aware of various issues involving pedicabs, including unsafe driving, noise nuisance and pavement parking.


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