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

Children and Social Work Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons, Monday 5 December 2016

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.

LGA briefing - House of Lord debate - The challenges in the current system of social care, Thursday 1 December 2016

Ahead of the Autumn Statement councils, the NHS, charities, Parliamentarians, the Care Quality Commission and care providers were clear and vocal about the need for the Government to take action to tackle the funding crisis in adult social care. The lack of any announcement on social care in the Autumn Statement was therefore worrying.

Policing and Crime Bill - House of Lords, Report Stage, Wednesday 30 November 2016

The LGA supports Amendment 3, tabled by Baroness Williams of Trafford, which would ensure emergency services collaboration agreements are subject to the agreement by all parties involved. It is important that local partners have greater flexibility to vary agreements where necessary, as best suited to their local area.

LGA briefing - Homelessness Reduction Bill, House of Commons Public Bill Committee, Wednesday 30 November 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.

Effect of Government proposals on supported housing, House of Commons, 29 November 2016

Councils have the ultimate responsibility to support, safeguard, care for and house vulnerable members of their community. The provision of supported housing is vital to ensuring vulnerable people live in suitable homes that meet their personal and all-round housing, health and care needs.

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