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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Westminster Hall Debate on foster care, House of Commons - 14 March 2018

Helping children and young people to fulfil their potential is a key ambition of all councils, but our children’s services are under increasing pressure.

LGA response to the DfE consultation 'Changes to the teaching of Sex and Relationship Education and PSHE'

The LGA supports the Government’s decision to make Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory in all secondary schools.

LGA response to the DfE consultation 'Eligibility for free school meals and the early years pupil premium under Universal Credit', January 2018

The LGA's full response to the four consultation questions, as well as some additional questions and comments.

LGA response to the DfE consultation ‘Eligibility for the free early years entitlement for two-year-olds under Universal Credit’, January 2018

The LGA supports the provision of free early education for disadvantaged two-year-olds, in addition to the wider offer for all families.

Home Education briefing, House of Lords, 24 January 2018

The majority of parents who home educate their children do a good job and work well with their local council to make sure that a good education is being provided. However, we are concerned that not all children are registered as home schooled, particularly where they have never joined the mainstream education system or they have moved to a new area. 

Children's Oral Health, House of Lords debate, Thursday 18 January 2018

The latest annual data on NHS spending in 2016/17 reveals there were 42,911 extractions of multiple teeth in under 18s in England at a cost of £36.2 million.

Response to DfE consultation on changes to statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children', new 'child death review' guidance, and new regulations

The LGA welcomes the principle of greater flexibility for local areas to design multi-agency arrangements that work best for their local circumstances, but we have long argued that this flexibility must be couched within a robust regulatory framework to ensure consistency of quality and effectiveness. Unfortunately, we believe that the provisions outlined in the consultation fall some way short of this ambition

LGA debate on the number of vulnerable children in England, House of Lords, 14 December 2017

The Children’s Commissioner’s report highlights the complexity of issues facing young people and their families.

Debate on the provision of children’s services - House of Commons - 12 December 2017

The Department for Education’s most recent figures show there were 72,670 children in care in England on 31 March 2017. Of these, 53,420 were cared for in a foster placement, including 8,830 placed with family or friends. 2,520 were placed for adoption, representing 3 per cent of all looked-after children.

LGA - Debate on the role of education - House of Lords - 8 December 2017

Councils play a strong role in providing good school places, with 91 percent of maintained schools rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, compared with 85 per cent of academies and 84 per cent of free schools.


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