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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Social care funding, House of Commons, Tuesday 1 October 2019

The issue of relatively low pay in the social care sector is highlighted regularly and the settlement in the Spending Round provides resources to begin to address this challenge. In the long term the low pay needs to be addressed as part of the arrangements for the future funding of both adult and children’s social care.

Debate on Treasury funding for the Department of Health and Social Care - House of Commons, 4 September 2019

Adult social care is a vital service, supporting people’s independence and wellbeing. It strengthens our communities, helps sustain our NHS and adds essential economic value to our country. We estimate that, since 2010, councils have had to bridge a £6 billion funding shortfall just to keep the adult social care system going.

Update on Payments for Sleep-in Shifts in Social Care, July 2019

On 13 February 2019, the Supreme Court granted Unison leave to appeal the Court of Appeal judgment. The case has been listed to be heard on 12 and 13 February 2020.

Opposition Day Debate: Social Care, House of Commons, 24 April 2019

It is vital that the Government uses the Spending Review and its forthcoming green paper to deliver sustainable funding for social care for the long-term.  

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.

Update on payment for sleep-in shifts in social care: November 2018

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.

LGA Briefing Opposition day debate on mental health, House of Commons, 13 November 2018

Despite rising demand, mental health services have been reduced for many years at all levels.

LGA briefing - Opposition Day Debate: Social Care Funding, House of Commons, 17 October 2018

Adult social care is a crucial service in its own right that transform peoples’ quality of life. However, years of significant underfunding coupled with rising demand and costs for care and support, have combined to push adult social care services to breaking point.

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

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