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.

Below you'll find the latest LGA briefings plus links to historic briefings by programme area:

Latest briefings and responses

Homelessness Reduction Bill: Report Stage and Third Reading, House of Commons, 27 January 2017

Councils want to end homelessness and are already doing everything they can within existing resources to prevent and tackle it, but there is no silver bullet and councils alone cannot tackle rising homelessness.

Westminster Hall Debate on the Midlands Engine, Tuesday 24 January 2017

In order to build desperately-needed homes, create jobs, improve health and care support for our most vulnerable and boost economic growth, all councils need greater freedom from national government to take decisions over vital services in their areas.

Local Government Finance Bill House of Commons, Second Reading 23 January 2017

This Bill provides the framework for local government keeping more of its business rates income, something which has long been called for by councils. We will continue to work alongside government and councils on how the new system can work effectively and maximise the potential it offers to our local communities and businesses.

Local Authority support for the Syrian Resettlement Programme - January 2017

Councils have an excellent track record in welcoming asylum seeking and refugee children, as well as their families, and continue to work hard to support the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme alongside all the other schemes in current operation.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill, House of Lords, Second Reading 17 January 2017

Local government shares the Government's ambition to increase housing supply. Councils want to play a lead role in building new homes and support measures that will enable councils to capture the value from increased land prices on land they acquire for development. This will allow investment in the vital infrastructure that boosts housebuilding and creates places that people want to live.

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