Representing our members in Parliament is a major focus of the LGA. Through our Public Affairs team, we regularly arrange for representatives from our member authorities to appear in front of select committees, and work with parliamentarians to amend legislation, to ask parliamentary questions and to speak in debates.
We also work with our LGA vice-presidents, a cross-party group of Members of the Commons and Lords who are our parliamentary champions, dedicated to raising local government issues in Parliament.
We provide members with briefings on bills introduced by the Government, and we focus our lobbying work on those bills which are priorities for members.
Our weekly 'Parliamentary bulletin' aims to keep you up to date with the progress of bills, select committee inquiries and other parliamentary matters of interest to local government.
The LGA regularly responds to parliamentary inquiries and briefs parliamentarians of all political affiliations on issues of concern and relevance to members. We make our most recent of these briefings and inquiry responses available to all members.
We hold a range of events to raise the profile of issues with key parliamentarians and other key influencers. The most high profile of these are our parliamentary receptions and our series of Smith Square Debates which take place at Local Government House, in Westminster, and at the heart of policy and political discussion.
We also work to anticipate EU initiatives that may impact on our member authorities, and work with the full range of partners in Whitehall and Brussels to ensure the best possible legislative outcomes for our members and the communities they serve.
Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will be responsible for significant budgets and have a huge degree of influence in their areas which will be reinforced through their democratic mandate. Whitehall will want to have ways to talk to this very influential audience and our experience of dealing with ministers at the highest level will make the LGA a useful conduit for two-way information.
Between May and November 2012, we will be providing prospective PCCs with a fortnightly bulletin packed with the latest news. It will include articles from the LGA; views from partner organisations on what they think the most important issues are for PCCs; briefings on strategic policing issues; and snapshots of key crime statistics.
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26 September 2012