21 July 2016
Cllr Lisa Brett, FGM spokesperson for the LGA, said: "FGM is child abuse and cannot be justified by reasons of culture, tradition or religion, which is why local authorities are determined to work with their communities to end the practice, which is leaving young girls physically and mentally scarred for life."
18 June 2016
Dangerous tumble dryers prone to exploding into flames need recalling urgently to avoid people "playing Russian roulette" as new figures reveal firefighters are attending three fires a day caused by the appliances.
18 May 2016
Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Chair of the Local Government Association's Fire Services Management Committee, which represents 48 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales, responds to Policing and Crime Bill.
21 May 2016
People desperate to attend major pop concerts, music festivals and sporting events this summer face a greater risk of falling victim to criminals after online ticket fraud soared by 55 per cent, councils warned today.
18 May 2016
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the Counter-Extremism Bill announced in today's Queen's Speech.
Community safety is not just an issue for police and fire and rescue authorities. Councils contribute in a variety of ways.
These include work carried out through community safety partnerships in:
- emergency planning – ensuring that plans are in place to deal with emergency situations such as flooding, heavy snow and ice, civil unrest or terrorist incidents
- regulation, licensing and trading standards – such as alcohol and entertainment licenses to help maintain public order, food hygiene certification for businesses to prevent food poisoning
- contributing to anti-social behaviour strategies through a range of council services including lighting, street cleansing, planning and leisure
- new governance arrangements for policing and crime strategies including the introduction of police and crime commissioners and police and crime panels.
We have completed 26 Safer communities peer challenges (CSPs). The main aim of these challenges is to help community safety partners improve their delivery of outcomes to make local communities safer, drawing on the experience of peers and the best practice in the sector.
The latest news and announcements can be found here.
LGA briefings on issues of concern and relevance to local government, as well as the LGA's written responses to parliamentary inquiries can be found here.
The board oversees LGA promotion of health and safety of local communities. This includes issues of crime and anti-social behaviour, police liaison, community safety, public protection; fire service and emergency planning, licensing and other regulatory activities.
The Fire Commission is a forum for all combined fire and rescue authorities and principal authorities with a fire and rescue service. The Fire Commission has a management committee which may act on behalf of the Commission.
Councils have a vital role to play in building community cohesion, combating extremism and encouraging the victims of hate crime to report the matter to the police. This resource aims to assist councils in this task.
DH Consultation on Death Certification Reforms
The LGA has responded to the DH consultation which introduces a new duty on upper-tier councils to appoint medical examiners to oversee a new process of death certification. The deadline for consultation responses is 15 June.