24 October 2016
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board responds to the launch of a government review into gaming machines.
15 September 2016
"FGM is child abuse and cannot be justified by any reason, which is why local authorities are committed to working with their communities to end the practice."
12 August 2016
Illegal tattooists are offering ink designs at "pocket money" prices to children and putting people at risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV, council leaders warn today.
6 September 2016
In response to new quarterly statistics released today by NHS Digital about the number of identified cases of FGM in England from April-June 2016, Cllr Lisa Brett, FGM spokesperson for the Local Government Association, which runs the National FGM Centre in partnership with Barnardo's, says local authorities are committed to working with their communities to end the practice.
27 August 2016
Reckless young thrill-seekers leaping from 60-foot high harbour walls and bridges into water are dicing with death or serious disability after a surge in the dangerous activity during the summer holidays, councils are warning.
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.
September 2016: Government funding announcement for projects aimed at tackling hate crime and counter extremism.
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.