Briefings and responses

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.

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LGA response to the Casey review on integration December 2017

The Local Government Association welcomes the helpful insight provided by the Dame Louise Casey review into opportunity and integration.

LGA debate on the number of vulnerable children in England, House of Lords, 14 December 2017

The Children’s Commissioner’s report highlights the complexity of issues facing young people and their families.

UK-EU joint report: Phase 1 Negotiations Briefing, 11 December 2017

This briefing sets out those issues in the report which are of most importance to local government. It also details the work that the LGA will now undertake to ensure that councils’ needs are addressed during the next stage of the negotiations.

Debate on male suicide, House of Commons, Wednesday 13 December 2017

Suicide prevention is a priority for local government. On average 13 people in England take their lives every day, with three quarters of these suicide victims being male. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 as well as the leading cause of death in young people.

Debate on the provision of children’s services - House of Commons - 12 December 2017

The Department for Education’s most recent figures show there were 72,670 children in care in England on 31 March 2017. Of these, 53,420 were cared for in a foster placement, including 8,830 placed with family or friends. 2,520 were placed for adoption, representing 3 per cent of all looked-after children.

LGA - Debate on the role of education - House of Lords - 8 December 2017

Councils play a strong role in providing good school places, with 91 percent of maintained schools rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, compared with 85 per cent of academies and 84 per cent of free schools.

LGA response to the DfE consultation ‘Revised guidance for virtual school heads and designated teachers’, November 2017

The LGA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the new guidance for local authorities and schools on promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children. This is a positive policy that should help to improve educational outcomes for some of our most vulnerable children and young people and help them to get the support they need to achieve their potential.

LGA response to the DfE consultation ‘Corporate parenting, the local offer and personal adviser support’, November 2017

The LGA supports the corporate parenting principles within the Children and Social Work Act 2017, and welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft guidance on their implementation.

Adjournment debate on social homes for rent, House of Commons, Wednesday 6 December 2017

The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face. Councils are working with communities to ensure more homes are built, but only an increase of all types of housing – including those for affordable or social rent – will solve the housing crisis.

Town and Country Planning (Fees) Regulations 2017, House of Lords, 6 December 2017

Councils are working hard to deliver the right kind of homes, and are currently approving nine out of ten planning permissions. However, planning departments are severely under-resourced. Taxpayers are subsidising the costs of planning applications by around £200 million a year.

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