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 - 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.

Debate on the Local Government Finance Settlement 2017/18, House of Commons, Wednesday 22 February 2017

It is hugely disappointing that this settlement has confirmed that government will not provide any new funding for councils in 2017/18. Local government still faces a challenging overall funding gap of £5.8 billion by 2019/20.

Debate on the rollout of superfast broadband to rural communities, House of Commons, 21 February 2017

Access to fast and reliable broadband is a necessity for households and businesses in the UK. Councils have continually raised concerns over residents' lack of broadband access, especially in rural areas.

The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union, February 2017

Building on the LGA briefing of 22 December 2016, this note sets out our analysis of the new policy announcements and how we will pursue the needs of local government throughout the Brexit negotiations.

Housing White Paper, 10 February 2017

The Housing White Paper Fixing our broken housing market sets out the Government's strategy for building more of the right homes in the right places. It was published on 7 February 2017.

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