At its meeting last week, the LGA executive decided to raise with ministers the failure of new trading powers for 'excellent', 'good' and 'fair' councils to materialise.
According to the association, there have been delays in making the order that would bring the powers - contained in the Local Government Act 2003 - into effect. It is now expected to be made in June.
The government has also failed to fulfil its promise to deregulate 84 consent regimes by this month, as the necessary order is still at the drafting stage and could be several months from implementation.
They follow its decision to renege on its promise, made in November 2002, not to cap 'excellent' and 'good' authorities.