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
Peer challenges– We have completed 26 Safer communities peer challenges (CSPs). Its central aim is to help community safety partners improve how they deliver outcomes to make local communities safer, drawing on the experience of peers and the best practice in the sector. You can find out more about our peer challenges here:
LGA responds to proposals to update consumer protection laws with a new Bill of Rights, which would allow trading standards officers to seek compensation on behalf of consumers through the courts but remove their power to enter premises unannounced.
LGA responds to the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill in the Queen's Speech, which includes flexibility for local authorities to use tools such as the community protection measures in a locally appropriate way.