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: Children and Social Work Bill

The LGA supports the Bill's strong focus on support for children in care, including provisions to clarify corporate parenting principles, create a clear local offer for care leavers and extend personal adviser support for all care leavers up 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, which are already considerably over-stretched.

House of Commons Opposition day debate on education and social mobility Tuesday 22 November 2016

All children deserve access to the best possible education. Data shows that council-maintained schools receive better Ofsted ratings, and improve more quickly, than academy schools. The LGA has called on the Government to take advantage of councils' unique position in the community and give them a clear and strategic role in school improvement and holding schools to account for education standards.

House of Lords debate on root causes of child poverty, Thursday 17 November 2016

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.

LGA Briefing: House of Commons debate on reductions to Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit - Thursday 17 November 2016

National employment support programmes have helped many people into work. However, they have continued to struggle to support those people who have less opportunity to get into work. These programmes have been less effective in providing support for people furthest away from the labour market, including those with disabilities and health problems.

LGA Briefing, Policing and Crime Bill, House of Lords, Committee Stage, Wednesday 9 November 2016

The LGA supports Amendment 209C to insert a new clause after Clause 122, tabled by Baroness Williams of Trafford, which seeks to ensure licensing authorities give regard to cumulative impact assessments when determining or revising licensing policy.

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