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 - 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.

Digital Economy Bill - House of Commons, Report Stage and Third Reading, 28 November 2016

The Government's proposed creation of a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) as a safety net for those residents and businesses not connected is a positive development. The LGA has worked with the Government and Parliament to raise councils on-going concerns over residents' lack of access to fast and reliable broadband, especially in rural areas.

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