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 - Homelessness, House of Commons, Wednesday 14 December 2016

It is a tragedy when a person becomes homeless. Councils want to end homelessness and work hard to support those who become homeless to get into accommodation and, where they can, to prevent it happening in the first place. This includes helping people develop the skills needed to find work, improve their health and wellbeing or gain access to family or relationship support.

LGA briefing - Broadband Universal Service Obligation, House of Commons, Thursday 15 December 2016

The Government's proposed creation of a broadband Universal Service Obligation is a step in the right direction for creating a safety net to residents and businesses not connected. The Government must ensure the USO keeps pace with national average speeds and the expectations of households, provides consistent upload speeds and obligates providers to fix faults with connections within appropriate timescales.

LGA Briefing - Homelessness Reduction Bill, House of Commons Public Bill Committee, Wednesday 14 December 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.

LGA Briefing: Children and Social Work Bill, Committee Stage, House of Commons, Tuesday 13 December 2016

We welcome the Bill's focus on support for children in care, including the provisions to clarify corporate parenting principles, create a clear local offer for care leavers and extend personal adviser support for all care leavers 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 as these are already considerably over-stretched.

LGA Briefing - Social Care - December 2016

Unless the Local Government Finance Settlement provides a solution, we could be in the midst of the worst funding crisis social care has ever faced.

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