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Lords debates local authority services

25 January 2019

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Members of the Lords, including a president of the Local Government Association and a former leader of Sheffield Council, debated the ability of local authorities across the UK to deliver essential services to their communities, in the House of Lords on Thursday 24 January.

This was a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns

The debate was proposed by Lord Scriven (Liberal Democrat), councillor and former leader of Sheffield City Council.

Members taking part included:

  • Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour), officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on District Councils
  • Lord Kerslake (Crossbench), president of the Local Government Association
  • Lord Patten (Conservative), former minister of state for housing in the Department for Environment
  • Baroness Pinnock (Liberal Democrat), president of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government, responded on behalf of the government.

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