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

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.

House of Lords debate, Subsidised bus services in England Thursday 24 November 2016

The estimated cost of the statutory scheme to councils last year was approximately £764 million. Due to reductions in revenue support grant funding and without a designated funding stream, councils estimate there is at least a £200 million shortfall for councils in funding the concessionary fares scheme.

Autumn Statement on the day briefing, 23 November 2016

We are disappointed that the Government has failed to address a number of issues of significance to local government.

Bus Services Bill, House of Lords, Third Reading, Wednesday 23 November 2016

The LGA supports the overall aims of the Bus Services Bill. As the most used form of public transport, buses support local economies by connecting communities and providing access to vital public services and jobs.

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