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.


Safer communities peer challenge

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.

Media releases and news

The latest news and announcements can be found here.

Briefings, responses and articles

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.  

Safer and stronger communities board

The board has responsibility for LGA activity in the promotion of the health and safety of local communities. This includes issues of crime and anti-social behaviour, police liaison, community safety, public protection; the fire service and emergency planning, and licensing and other regulatory activities.

Fire commission

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.

Community safety bulletins

March 2015

Latest publications

FGM resource

Information for councillors and those working to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM).