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

Local Government Finance Bill, Committee Stage, Thursday 9 February 2017

We support Amendment 46 to Clause 6, tabled by Gareth Thomas MP, which would require the Secretary of State to bring forward a provision to enable billing authorities and major precepting authorities in England to increase business rate multipliers on empty properties under certain circumstances. We support this amendment as it would provide additional flexibilities for councils and incentivise occupation of empty properties.

Local Government Finance Bill, Committee Stage, Tuesday 7 February 2017

We support Amendment 46 to Clause 6, tabled by Gareth Thomas MP, which would require the Secretary of State to bring forward a provision to enable billing authorities and major precepting authorities in England to increase business rate multipliers on empty properties under certain circumstances. We support this amendment as it would provide additional flexibilities for councils and incentivise occupation of empty properties.

Digital Economy Bill, House of Lords, Committee Stage, 31 January 2017

Amendment 2 to Clause 1, tabled by Lord Fox and Lord Clement-Jones, will require the broadband Universal Service Order (USO) to specify minimum download and upload speeds to be made available in every household in the United Kingdom by 2020. We support this idea.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill House of Lords, Committee Stage 31 January and 2 February 2017

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.

Britain's Industrial Strategy Briefing

On 23 January 2017 the Government published ‘Britain's industrial strategy'. This Green Paper sets out the Government's plans and strategy for supporting Britain's industrial sectors, improving productivity, driving growth across the country and making British business more competitive. The strategy is made up of 10 pillars which draw together in one place a range of new and existing policy and related funding.

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