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

House of Lords debate on protecting and improving local arts and cultural services, including museums, libraries and archaeological services, 30 March 2017

Local government remains the largest funder of culture and is most attuned to local needs. Councils are well placed to lead local action around culture and help people to identify with, understand, appreciate, engage with and feel a sense of ‘belonging' in their local area.

Digital Economy Bill House of Lords, Third Reading 29 March 2017

The Government's proposed creation of a broadband Universal Service Order (USO) as a safety net for those residents and businesses not connected is a positive development. The LGA has worked with the Government and Parliament to raise councils' on-going concerns over residents' lack of access to fast and reliable broadband, especially in rural areas.

LGA briefing: Bus Services Bill House of Commons, Report Stage Monday 27 March 2017

Councils should continue to be allowed to form new municipal bus companies which are able to compete in the open market place or for council contracts. Municipal bus companies can often offer good value-for-money and in most cases have high passenger satisfaction ratings.

Backbench business debate on the Social Mobility Commission's State of the Nation report Thursday 23 March 2017

We want every resident to have a good quality of life and to aspire to improve their circumstances regardless of their background or where they live. It can be far harder for people to take advantage of opportunities if they are in poverty, where energy is spent trying to make ends meet rather than looking out for the next step up. Those in poverty are also more likely to experience poor health and wellbeing.

LGA Briefing - Neighbourhood Planning Bill House of Lords, Third Reading 15 March 2017

Local government shares the Government's ambition to increase housing supply. Local government wants to play a leading role in building new homes and we support measures that will enable councils to capture the value from increased land prices on land they acquire for development.

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