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Stronger Communities Board, said: "It is pleasing that the Government has recognised the LGA's call for reform of our outdated licensing system by proposing a single online application process."
12 November 2014
The LGA is involved in a joint industry-government Alcohol Anti-fraud taskforce, which is exploring how to drive greater intervention against businesses and individuals that are selling non-UK duty paid alcohol through licensed premises.
17 October 2014
Read the comments of Councillor Jeremy Hilton, Chair of the LGA's Fire Services Management Committee, as he responds to the DCLG announcement today that fire and rescue authorities will share a £75 million fund for 37 projects to help ensure better and more efficient front-line services for the public.
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.
The LGA is liaising with the Association of Chief Trading Standards Offices (ACTSO) regarding the avian flu case confirmed at a duck farm in Yorkshire. ACTSO is supporting the operational response and ensuring information is shared with relevant council leads.
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.