6 January 2015
Rising numbers of families on low incomes are likely to face bigger council tax bills this year because of a shortfall in government funding for council tax support.
24 December 2014
Rogue ‘dial-a-drink' firms could be selling potentially dangerous bottles of toxic fake vodka and other alcohol which could blind or even kill those who drink it.
12 December 2014
Households are being urged to show extra vigilance and ensure vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives are safe as the big freeze bites.
9 December 2014
Councils are ready for the 'Big Freeze' this week with gritters out in force and council depots filled with around 1.3 million tonnes of salt, and highway teams monitoring high-tech weather forecasts with highly-trained staff on standby around the clock.
3 December 2014
Cllr Ann Lucas, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: "It is pleasing that the Government has recognised the LGA's call for reform of our outdated licensing system by proposing a single online application process."
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).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.
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 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.
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.
Information for councillors and those working to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM).
Public Health England (PHE) is working with NHS England and local authority Directors of Public Health through the Local Health Resilience Partnerships (LHRPs) to ensure that contingency plans are as robust as possible.