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:
Safer communities peer challenge
14 April 2014
Read Councillor Peter Box, Chair of the LGA's Economy and Transport Board, as he responds to Big Brother Watch's CCTV parking report.
10 April 2014
Road safety campaigners, schools, disability and pedestrian charities and transport groups have joined councils in warning against plans to ban CCTV parking cameras.
1 April 2014
A new landmark taskforce is being launched by councils and bookies in an attempt to address concerns around high street betting shop clustering and the harm caused by Fixed Odds Betting Terminal machines.
31 March 2014
Cllr Tony Page, LGA licensing spokesman, said: "A World Cup summer is always an exciting time and councils understand that watching matches in a local pub is a key part of the whole experience. Councils also support moves that bring communities together and also help the local economy.
28 March 2014
Food giants are putting up free website games to entice youngsters or their parents into buying their products. Pop-up health warnings should accompany addictive online games used by food firms to target children says the LGA.
LGA Annual Fire Conference, Cardiff 2014
Video: Differing views on the future of the Fire and Rescue service
A film of the issues and challenges facing the Fire and Rescue sector.