On behalf of its members, the cross-party LGA regularly briefs parliamentarians of all political affiliations on issues of concern and relevance to local government ahead of debates in Parliament.

The most recent of these can be found here, as can the LGA's written responses to parliamentary inquiries, such as those held by Select Committees.

Below you'll find the latest LGA briefings plus links to historic briefings by programme area:

Latest briefings and responses

LGA Briefing - Homelessness Reduction Bill, House of Commons Public Bill Committee, Wednesday 14 December 2016

Councils want to end homelessness and are already doing everything they can within existing resources to prevent and tackle it, but there is no silver bullet and councils alone cannot tackle rising homelessness.

LGA Briefing: Children and Social Work Bill, Committee Stage, House of Commons, Tuesday 13 December 2016

We welcome the Bill's focus on support for children in care, including the provisions to clarify corporate parenting principles, create a clear local offer for care leavers and extend personal adviser support for all care leavers until the age of 25. However, new burdens must be fully funded to ensure that resources are not diverted from other services for vulnerable children as these are already considerably over-stretched.

LGA Briefing - Social Care - December 2016

Unless the Local Government Finance Settlement provides a solution, we could be in the midst of the worst funding crisis social care has ever faced.

LGA briefing - Supporting refugee and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

The LGA, partner organisations regionally and nationally, and many councils have been working hard to scale up the arrangements that have supported new arrivals from the Calais refugee camp.

LGA Briefing - Neighbourhood Planning Bill, House of Commons, Report Stage and Third Reading, 13 December 2016

Local government shares the Government's ambition to increase housing supply. Councils want to play a lead role in building new homes and support measures that will enable councils to capture the value from increased land prices on land they acquire for development. This will allow investment in the vital infrastructure that boosts housebuilding and creates places that people want to live.

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