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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Debate on improving mental health services for people from black and ethnic minority communities, House of Lords, Tuesday 28 November 2017

From housing to public health, social care, culture and leisure services, councils lead local services that help prevent mental ill health, support early intervention and provide ongoing support.

Debate on male suicide, House of Commons, Wednesday 13 December 2017

Suicide prevention is a priority for local government. On average 13 people in England take their lives every day, with three quarters of these suicide victims being male. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 as well as the leading cause of death in young people.

Dementia care services

A number of health and wellbeing boards are actively prioritising dementia and promoting dementia friendly communities.

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.

LGA briefing - The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill Second Reading, House of Lords - 16 July 2018

We have been calling for an overhaul of the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) process to ensure there is adequate protection for human rights. The decision to focus on how we best protect people’s liberty is positive and we support it.

Mental health and wellbeing in schools, House of Commons, 4 December 2018

"Increased investment in children and young people’s mental health services is urgently needed. In particular, the Government must ensure all of the promised £1.7 billion for children’s mental health is spent on children’s mental health services, and not diverted elsewhere."

Mental health of children and young adults in the UK - House of Lords, 16 May 2019

Good mental health is essential for a healthy and prosperous society. Unfortunately, it is easier to focus on what happens when a person becomes mentally ill, and how the health service intervenes, rather than how to keep our communities mentally well in the first place.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill Report Stage, House of Lords, 21 November 2018

The final legislation needs to highlight the rights of individuals to be consulted in decisions and ensure that they, their families and carers, and the sector as a whole, have the confidence that there will be independent oversight of those decisions when appropriate.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, Public Bill Committee: House of Commons, 15 January 2019

We welcome the opportunity that the Bill presents to replace a system that is widely agreed not to be fit for purpose.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, Second reading, House of Commons, 18 December 2018

The Bill provides a vital opportunity for long-awaited reform. It is important that this opportunity is not missed and that the Bill is passed as the current situation is not sustainable for councils and our communities.

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