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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Tenant Fees Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords, 11 December 2018

"Allowing councils to keep money from fines is helpful, but may not address the cost of the proactive work necessary to ensure letting agents are complying with the ban."

Future of free schools and academies in England, House of Commons, 5 December 2018

We remain concerned that the introduction of the National Funding Formula, combined with changes to High Needs Funding, will exacerbate existing shortfalls in funding to support children and young people with SEND.

Mental health and wellbeing in schools, House of Commons, 4 December 2018

"Increased investment in children and young people’s mental health services is urgently needed. In particular, the Government must ensure all of the promised £1.7 billion for children’s mental health is spent on children’s mental health services, and not diverted elsewhere."

LGA Briefing: Debate on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Report: Private rented sector, House of Commons, 29 November 2018

The private rented sector has more than doubled in size since 2002. To accompany the rise in the number of private renters, councils have stepped up their engagement with landlords.

LGA Briefing: Increase in violent crime and the case for a cross-governmental response for young people House of Lords, 29 November 2018

Councils are uniquely placed to deliver programmes that improve the lives of children and young people, as they have responsibility for delivering over 800 local services. This includes councils’ duty to protect children and young people from involvement in, and the impact of, youth violence.

House of Lords Debate: Impact on schools funding, 29 November 2018

Data shows that council-maintained schools receive better Ofsted ratings, and improve more quickly, than academy schools.

LGA Briefing: Improving Education Standards, House of Commons, 29 November 2018

Data shows that council-maintained schools receive better Ofsted ratings, and improve more quickly, than academy schools. Analysis undertaken for the LGA showed that ninety-one per cent of maintained schools are now rated as either Good or Outstanding.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 23 November 2018

"We welcome the powers granted by the Government for councils to impose civil penalties of up to £30,000 for the worst housing offences."

LGA Briefing: Armed Forces Covenant, House of Commons debate, 22 November 2018

All councils in England have signed the voluntary Armed Forces Covenant and are committed to honouring their obligations to those who have served their country.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill Report Stage, House of Lords, 21 November 2018

The final legislation needs to highlight the rights of individuals to be consulted in decisions and ensure that they, their families and carers, and the sector as a whole, have the confidence that there will be independent oversight of those decisions when appropriate.

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