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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Adjournment debate, Government policy on local authority housing, House of Commons, 20 December 2017

The Autumn Budget has taken a step forward by lifting the housing borrowing cap for some councils. We welcome this announcement, but it does not go far enough.

Briefing: independent review of build out – final report

A summary of the main recommendations of relevance to local government and the LGA's initial response.

Debate on government action to find multi-agency solutions to homelessness, House of Lords, 12 September 2018

Councils are providing temporary housing for over 70,000 households, including over 120,000 children. The net cost has tripled in the last three years.

Debate on housing, House of Commons - 9 April 2019

Councils once again have a key role in delivering more affordable housing and helping to build 300,000 new homes a year.

Debate on housing, House of Commons, 13 March 2019

Councils once again have a key role in delivering more affordable housing and helping to build 300,000 new homes a year.

Debate on social housing, House of Commons, 13 June 2019

Social housing should be treated as an important national investment and seen as a desirable long-term option for a home.

Debate on the British housebuilding industry - House of Commons, 5 September 2019

Vital local services provided by councils face a funding gap of more than £5 billion next year. Councils urgently need some certainty about how local services will be funded

Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees) Regulations 2017, House of Commons, 13 December 2017

Councils are working hard to deliver the right kind of homes, and are currently approving nine out of ten planning permissions.

Effect of Government proposals on supported housing | House of Commons

Local authorities have the ultimate responsibility to support, safeguard, care for and house vulnerable members of their community.

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.

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