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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Impact of welfare reform on family life - House of Lords, 1 November 2018

Low income households can, potentially, mitigate the impact of reductions in benefits income by increasing their earning and reducing their outgoings.

Budget 2018 - LGA briefing, 30 October 2018

The Chancellor’s Budget, delivered on Monday 29 October, provided a formal update on the state of the economy, responded to the new economic and fiscal forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility and announced the Government’s fiscal measures.

Initiatives in early intervention in children’s lives that would improve the welfare, life chances and social mobility of young people in the UK

Since 2010 councils have worked hard to manage a core reduction in funding of £16 billion through innovation, efficiencies, scale-backs and the decommissioning of non-statutory services.

Joint response: Windrush lessons learned review, October 2018

A joint submission from the LGA and No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Network in response to the consultation flags the issues around council support for those with NRPF more broadly.

Budget 2018 - summary

The Chancellor, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, delivered the 2018 Budget on 29 October. There were a number of tax and spending announcements of relevance to local government, and the Chancellor outlined the trajectory of overall public spending for the 2019 Spending Review.  

Five-year forward view for mental health - briefing, House of Commons, 30 October 2018

Good mental health is essential for a healthy and prosperous society. It is essential to prevent mental health issues arising, intervening early if problems do start surfacing, and helping people manage their lives going forward.

EU Settled Status Pilots Briefing

The LGA has been part of a wide steering group on Settled Status, ensuring that the voice of local government is heard by the Home Office, offering advice around consultation with local government, and ensuring that all tiers and areas of local government are represented.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill RS and 3rd Reading, 26 October 2018

We support the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill. 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.

Debate on building more affordable housing - briefing, House of Lords, 25 October 2018

The housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face. Councils have a key role in delivering more affordable housing and helping to build 300,000 homes a year. The last time this country built more than 250,000 homes a year, councils delivered more than 40 per cent of them

House of Commons Debate: School Funding, 24 October 2018

"Over recent years councils have created an extra 800,000 new school places. This is a demonstrable record that shows they are doing everything they can to rise to the challenge of ensuring no child goes without a place."


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