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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Debate on housing, House of Commons, 13 March 2019

Councils once again have a key role in delivering more affordable housing and helping to build 300,000 new homes a year.

Briefing about the work of the National FGM Centre (NFGMC)

The National FGM Centre (NFGMC) works with local authorities and communities to keep children and young people safe from female genital mutilation (FGM), breast flattening and child abuse linked to faith or belief.

Improving the swimming and life-saving skills of children provided through schools, House of Lords, 6 March 2019

Councils are just about managing to keep leisure facilities running but in many cases, these facilities are coming to the end of their lifespan. In 2017, we highlighted figures that showed that 60 per cent of swimming pools are now more than 20 years old.

LGA briefing: International Women’s Day, House of Lords, 7 March 2019

Councils have a significant and positive impact on the lives of their female residents. As well as encouraging them to enter public life, councils provide a range of services that improve the lives of women.

Debate on e-petition relating to school funding, House of Commons, 4 March 2019

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

Eating disorders, House of Commons, 27 February 2019

Improving and maintaining community wellbeing, including mental health, is a key priority for councils. Poor mental health can affect any of us at any stage of our lives, including in childhood.

Health and Social Care Committee Report, First 1000 days of life, House of Commons, 28 February 2019

The Health and Social Care Committee’s report correctly recognises the crucial role that local government has to play in ensuring children receive the support they need during the initial formative stage of life.

The cost of unhealthy housing to the NHS, House of Commons, 26 February 2019

Councils have a key role to play in building good quality social homes, and in enforcing strong standards. In addition, local authorities must be empowered to provide access to the right infrastructure, through the planning system, to allow people to live healthy lives.

Offensive Weapons Bill, House of Lords, Report Stage, Knife Crime Prevention Orders, 22 February 2019

There needs to be a full and comprehensive consultation held with relevant stakeholders, including representatives from children’s services, youth offending teams, the police, the voluntary and community sector, and the public, before KCPOs are brought into effect.

Update on payments for sleep-in shifts in social care: February 2019

The purpose of this briefing is to update councils on latest developments regarding payment of overnight sleep-in shifts in adult social care. Although this briefing focuses on adults, the issue is also relevant to children’s services.

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