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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Spending Round 2019: on the day briefing

The 2019 Spending Round has provided councils with much of the funding certainty and stability they need for next year.

Debate on the British housebuilding industry - House of Commons, 5 September 2019

Vital local services provided by councils face a funding gap of more than £5 billion next year. Councils urgently need some certainty about how local services will be funded

Debate on Treasury funding for the Department of Health and Social Care - House of Commons, 4 September 2019

Adult social care is a vital service, supporting people’s independence and wellbeing. It strengthens our communities, helps sustain our NHS and adds essential economic value to our country. We estimate that, since 2010, councils have had to bridge a £6 billion funding shortfall just to keep the adult social care system going.

Specialist supported housing providers

This joint briefing note for clinical commissioning groups (CCG), local authority learning disability commissioners and Directors of Housing has been prepared by NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS).

Cabinet and Ministerial Appointments Briefing, August 2019

The new Government has been announced by Prime Minister, with personnel appointed to key departments such as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, HM Treasury, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Department for Education.

LGA response to DEFRA call for evidence on coastal erosion and flooding policy

Investment in flooding and coastal erosion relies heavily on public sector contributions. Councils are keen to play a part in securing wider contributions, but complex and time consuming processes make this difficult to achieve in practice.

Response to the Government consultation on the future delivery of support to victims and their children in accommodation-based domestic abuse services in England, July 2019

Councils recognise they have an important role to play in tackling domestic abuse, alongside partners in health, education, housing, the police and wider services.

LGA response to draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy for England

DEFRA’s National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy sets out a variety of different measures to be delivered across risk management authorities, including Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs), district councils and highways authorities.

The role and sufficiency of youth services - House of Commons, 24 July 2019

Councils provide a wide range of youth services. As local authority budgets have reduced and demand for services has increased, councils have had to make difficult decisions about how to use increasingly limited resources on youth services.

Local Housing Allowance and Homelessness - House of Commons, 24 July 2019

Our latest analysis demonstrates that homelessness support (including temporary accommodation) faces a funding gap of £110 million in 2019/20, and £421 million in 2024/25. There are currently 83,700 homeless households in need of temporary accommodation and other forms of support from local authorities.

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