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Avoid replacing professional displays with dangerous fireworks at home, councils and fire services warn

“The safest option this year would be to give fireworks a miss and find a different way of celebrating, but we know many will want to have a home display. If they do it is vital that they are familiar with the Firework Code and ensure they purchase legal and safe fireworks.”

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LGA responds to latest test and trace figures

Cllr Ian Hudspeth responds to the publication of the latest NHS Test and Trace and coronavirus testing figures

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LGA responds to funding for new domestic abuse duty for councils

“Tackling domestic abuse is an issue that councils take very seriously, so we are pleased that government has agreed to provide funding to help local authorities prepare for the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill, which the LGA has supported."

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LGA responds to AGE UK report on domestic abuse bill

“The upcoming Spending Review needs to provide the long-term, sustainable settlement for councils so they can protect individuals and families from the physical and psychological harm of domestic abuse, including investment in perpetrator programmes and a new National Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Strategy.”

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LGA responds to new modern slavery measures

"Modern slavery is abhorrent and councils across the country are working hard to help tackle it. This includes trying to eliminate it from their supply chains during the procurement process. This act will help councils to carry out this work."

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LGA responds to government announcement on Marshal scheme

“This announcement has caused confusion among councils who need urgent clarity from the Government on any extra resources and details on how it should work on the ground."

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LGA: water safety vital as accidental drownings peak in summer holidays

Children and young people need to be made more aware of the dangers of swimming in open water as the summer holidays get underway.

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1,400 per cent increase in child modern slavery referrals made by councils

“Government needs to ensure councils are properly funded in the long-term to tackle modern slavery and support its victims, as well as creating a future-proof NRM system able to support the growing numbers of victims we are seeing."

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LGA responds to Youth Violence Commission report

"Youth services support young people, helping them to make positive choices and keep them safe as they transition to adulthood. These services are even more essential as a result of the COVID-19 crisis."

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Test and Trace scam alert issued by councils

The Local Government Association says councils have received reports of fraudsters attempting to exploit the system through bogus phone calls, emails and text messages which ask for bank card details to cover the cost of the testing kit. The genuine NHS service is free.