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

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Finance

Briefing: Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2015/16

Today's Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement confirms that councils will continue to face significant spending cuts and huge financial challenges.

LGA briefing: Female Genital Mutilation

LGA briefing on Female Genital Mutilation: 11 December 2014

LGA briefing: House of Lords debate on economic leadership for cities

Devolving powers to cities should be the start of a much more ambitious process of devolution for the whole of England.

LGA briefing: Westminster Hall debate on Accountability of Ofsted

The LGA believes that public confidence in Ofsted is being undermined by its tendency to re-inspect schools and children's services departments after a high profile incident, only to downgrade them from ‘good' or ‘outstanding' to ‘inadequate' over a short period of time.

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Finance

Autumn Statement 2014 – On-the-day briefing

The Chancellor has confirmed that local services will not face additional cuts in 2015/16. The Government has therefore acknowledged the huge contribution councils have already made to balance the country's books and the fragile financial position in which this has placed many local authorities.

Briefings and responses by policy area: