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 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.

LGA response to DfE consultation on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education draft regulations and statutory guidance

The LGA supports the Government’s decision to make relationship education at primary and relationship and sex education at secondary compulsory in all schools and health education compulsory in all state-funded schools, however we would like to see HE made compulsory in all schools

LGA Briefing: Veterans Strategy, House of Commons and House of Lords debates, 15 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.

LGA Briefing Opposition day debate on mental health, House of Commons, 13 November 2018

Despite rising demand, mental health services have been reduced for many years at all levels.

Debate on the Task and Finish Group report on taxi and private hire licensing, House of Commons, 13 November 2018

We have long-called for the existing outdated taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing laws to be updated and strengthened.

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