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

Homelessness Reduction Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, Friday 24 February 2017

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

Backbench business debate on refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children, Thursday 23 February 2017

Councils, working with central government, national partners and regional bodies, have shown great leadership in building additional capacity for children from the Calais camp at fast pace. As well as direct support for children, local authorities freed up social workers to assess children before their arrival in the UK and to undertake family assessments, often with only a day or two days' notice.

House of Lords, Neighbourhood Planning Bill Report Stage 23 and 28 February 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.

LGA Briefing - Changes in council funding and social care, House of Commons, 22 February 2017

Social care must be treated as a national priority. The Government should use its recently announced review of health and care to consider new long-term solutions to secure the sustainability of care and support that includes genuinely new government money. Local government leaders must be central to these discussions. This is imperative to get a long-term, sustainable solution to the social care crisis.

LGA Briefing - Digital Economy Bill, House of Lords, Report Stage, 22 February 2017

Amendment 1 to Clause 1, tabled by Lord Mendelsohn, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, 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, and we are calling for minimum download speeds to increase in line with national average speeds, and for obligations on upload speeds to be included in the USO. However, in our view the USO's long-term performance requirements are best outlined by the Government in secondary legislation, not in the Bill.

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