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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Briefing - Ensuring social care is adequately funded - House of Lords - 5 July 2018

Adult social care is a vital council service that helps to transform people’s quality of life. It supports adults of all ages with a range of different needs and their carers.

Debate on improving air quality, House of Commons, 28 June 2018

The joint Select Committee report into improving air quality is positive. The Government should consider the Committees’ warning that the support currently available to local authorities is inadequate.

Estimates debate: spending on health and social care House of Commons, 2 July 2018

Adult social care is a vital council service that helps to transform people’s quality of life. It supports adults of all ages with a range of different needs and their carers. There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care system.

LGA: Education, Health and Care Plans June 2018

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced significant reforms to the support provided by councils and other agencies to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill Committee Stage, House of Commons, 20 June 2018

Councils want their residents to live in homes that are decent, safe and secure, and councils’ housing teams work hard to ensure homes are fit for purpose.

LGA briefing: support available to carers and the ‘Carers Action Plan 2018-2020’, House of Lords, 21 June 2018

Supporting and improving the wellbeing and rights of carers is a priority for local government.

The role of local residents and developers in the planning system, House of Commons, 12 June 2018

The planning process needs developers, councils and local communities to work together to create effective partnerships. The earlier in the planning process these relationships are built, the more likely it is that positive outcomes will be achieved.

Debate on the review of the business rates system, House of Commons, 13 June 2018

Alongside Council Tax, business rates represent the largest source of income for councils. In 2018/19 business rates are forecast to raise a total of £24.8 billion, of which about £12 billion is expected to be retained by councils under the current 50 per cent scheme.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, Ping Pong, House of Commons, 12 June 2018

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert the entire body of EU law into UK law, with the intention of allowing businesses to continue operating and providing fairness to individuals, knowing the rules have not changed when the UK leaves the EU.

Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper - LGA response

Building cohesive communities can only be successful with an in-depth understanding of that locality. Councils’ position at the heart of their communities, provides them with a unique vantage point and the knowledge to both respond, and build resilience, to integration challenges, alongside local partners.

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