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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Use of receipts from Right to Buy sales - consultation response

Right now councils are housing 77,000 families and 125,000 homeless children in temporary accommodation, with a further million on waiting lists. The last time the country built enough homes councils built 40 per cent of them. We urgently need a renaissance in council house building. 

LGA Briefing on The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill Committee Stage (Day 2), House of Lords

We have long called for an overhaul of the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) process to create a fully-funded, simpler and less bureaucratic scheme

Tenant Fees Bill - Second Reading, House of Lords, 10 October 2018

We welcome the Tenant Fees Bill and we are pleased that the Bill received cross-party support in the House of Commons. The Government’s intention to make private rented accommodation more accessible is positive. Excessive letting agent fees are a concern for many tenants and councils.

Asylum accommodation contracts, House of Commons, 10 October 2018

Councils continue to work hard to support and deliver the many programmes for refugees and asylum seekers currently in operation. Councils want to work with central government to find sustainable solutions that minimise the pressures on local authorities, their communities and vulnerable individuals.

Youth services and youth violence - House of Commons, 10 October 2018

The LGA has set out our vision for youth services as part of our Bright Futures campaign. We are calling on the Government to develop a similar vision that recognises the important contribution youth services make to our communities.

Brexit “No Deal” briefing for councils

In this paper, we are summarising for councils both the “known” and “unknowns” under a ‘no deal’ scenario for local government from national advice.

Children's social care in England Briefing - House of Commons, 9 October 2018

Making sure all children and young people have the bright future they deserve is a key ambition of every council. Councils want all young people to be able to enjoy their lives, reach their full potential and make a good transition to adulthood with good health and wellbeing.

Sustainability of the nursery sector briefing - House of commons, 10 October 2018

There is evidence that while high quality childcare can support children’s development and increase academic skills, low quality childcare produces either no benefit or even negative effects. The quality of provision locally, therefore, is at least as important as the quantity.

Tackling modern slavery briefing - House of Commons, 9 October

The LGA started a new programme of work on this issue in January 2017 when the then Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, met the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board.

LGA response to consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood

Local authorities share the Government’s commitment to improving air quality and support the phasing out the most polluting products used for domestic burning given their contribution to emissions.   

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