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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The reduction in the number of health visitors in England, House of Commons, 23 October 2019

The LGA has offered to work with the Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS and Health Education England to get the right number of training places commissioned and to deliver policies to ensure health visiting remains an attractive and valued career.

The effect of leaving the European Union on the UK's health and social care sector, House of Commons, 19 March 2019

As the UK leaves the European Union, it is important that any future relationship with the EU explicitly meets the needs of the UK health and care sector.

Public Health Funding

The removal of the public health ring-fence is important if we are to take full advantage of the relocation of public health to local government.

Protecting children from harmful vehicle emissions, House of Lords, 11 June 2019

"If the Government’s air quality plans and any new local powers are to be successful, they need to be underpinned by local flexibility and sufficient funding which needs to be addressed in the Spending Review. "

Opposition Day Debate: Health Inequalities, House of Commons, 4 March 2020

Sustainable, long-term investment in councils’ public health services is needed if we are to reverse reductions in life expectancy and tackle health inequalities across the country.

LGA/ADASS/ADPH Joint Submission to Office of Civil Society Consultation on a National Strategy for Loneliness

Loneliness is best tackled by a system wide approach involving all partners, particularly the voluntary and community sector, under the strategic leadership of a Health and Wellbeing Board.

LGA response to DHSC call for evidence on local authority public health prescribed activity, 16 April 2018

We welcome the Government's continued support for the devolution of public health responsibility and power to local authorities, allowing local services to be shaped to meet local needs must continue to be the core principle of the reforms as outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

LGA response to Department of Health and Social Care consultation Low Alcohol Descriptors

The LGA is supportive of measures to provide greater clarity for consumers around terms used to describe the alcohol content of products, and for there to be consistency in the use of terms used to describe low alcohol products.

House of Lords debate on the elimination of HIV infection in the UK

Local government has collaborated with health and community partners to make the best use of resources, and ensure people receive the necessary advice and treatment when needed.

House of Commons Debate on active travel 9 July 2019

Councils support active travel. Getting people to use more active travel will improve congestion, air quality and obesity rates, which in turn have substantial benefits such as for local economies, education and taxpayers.

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