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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General Debate on Children's Social Care in England - House of Commons, 17 January 2019

Children should be supported to get the best, not just to get by. It is however increasingly challenging to turn this ambition into a reality when the financial pressures are forcing an increasing number of councils to make difficult decisions about the allocation of limited resources.

Briefing: independent review of build out – final report

A summary of the main recommendations of relevance to local government and the LGA's initial response.

Resources and Waste Strategy summary, 20 December 2018

This briefing provides a summary of the Strategy, with a specific focus on those elements which are most likely to directly impact upon local government. The key concepts within the strategy are subject to consultation which is likely to take place from January 2019 onwards.

LGA briefing: Debate on the threat to the environment by plastic and the case for improved recycling, House of Lords - 19 December 2018

The LGA has long called for businesses and manufacturers to pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, Second reading, House of Commons, 18 December 2018

The Bill provides a vital opportunity for long-awaited reform. It is important that this opportunity is not missed and that the Bill is passed as the current situation is not sustainable for councils and our communities.

Response to the consultation on 2019/20 scale of audit

The LGA welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation on the level of audit fees. The consultation proposes that the 2019/20 scale audit fees and indicative certification fees are set at the same level as the scale fees applicable for 2018/19.

Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2019/20 – On the Day Briefing

The local government finance settlement is the annual determination of funding to local government from central government. This briefing covers the consultation on the local government finance settlement for 2019/20.

LGA Briefing, Challenges facing young people, House of Lords, 13 December 2018

Local government has a central role to play in tackling a number of issues facing young people, and supporting them to live the lives they want to lead.

LGA Briefing: Democratic accountability and devolution in England, House of Lords, 13 December 2018

As the UK exits the European Union (EU), national and local government should consider how communities in England can take greater control over the public service and investment decisions that affect their lives.

A public health model to reduce youth violence, House of Commons, 13 December 2018

"We know that addressing violence is not a single agency issue. Local partners have to develop and deliver a strategic, coordinated approach to tackle youth violence in their local areas."

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