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Coronavirus: LGA responds to £300 million test and trace announcement

Cllr Ian Hudspeth responds to the announcement of £300 million additional funding for local authorities to support the new test and trace service.

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Coronavirus: councils issue beach safety warning

People are being urged to think carefully before considering travelling to a beach this weekend and to check it is open and safe to visit.

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to mobile testing unit announcement

“With greater capacity to deliver more tests, the Government should prioritise those at most risk, including staff who work in care homes and support the most vulnerable."

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LGA responds to introduction of Domestic Abuse Bill to Parliament

"Tackling domestic abuse is an issue that councils take very seriously and it is good to see the legal definition of it widened to support more prosecution cases and help more victims of this despicable crime."

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LGA responds to Government consultation proposal to protect public spaces from terror attacks

“Councils are determined to keep their communities safe and already take advice from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure on how to best protect their public spaces."

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LGA responds to funding announced for domestic abuse refuge services

“With long-term, sustainable funding, councils can work with the Government and partners to further safeguard individuals and families from the physical and psychological harm of domestic abuse and prevent it happening in the first place.”

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Retailers need to stop selling knives, councils urge

“Ahead of the forthcoming Budget we want to work with government to ensure councils have enough funding to tackle illegal knife sales and help protect people from harm, and revitalise youth services as part of a public health approach to tackling serious violence, including knife crime.”

Grenfell inquiry: LGA responds to immunity request to Attorney General

Responding to the request by the Chairman of the Grenfell Inquiry’s request to the Attorney General to grant witnesses immunity, Lord Porter, building safety spokesman for the Local Government Association, said:  “The LGA is extremely concerned at the possibility that some witnesses to the Grenfell Inquiry could be granted immunity from having any evidence they give to the inquiry used in subsequent prosecutions against them. “The Grenfell Tower fire was an unacceptable failure of building safety that must never be allowed to happen again. All those involved in any way have a duty to

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LGA responds to building safety announcements

Lord Porter responds to the latest building safety announcements made by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick

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LGA responds to rise in knife offences dealt with by courts

“Rising knife crime is causing horrendous destruction and grief in our communities and councils are uncovering some shocking cases of illegal knife sales which risk fuelling this tragic epidemic. Retailers must ask for proof of age if they suspect the buyer is under 25."