26 April 2016
Councils are urging that the Government should take action to reduce the maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Machines (FOBTs) to lower the risk of harm caused by playing on the gaming machines, on which players can lose £300 a minute.
18 March 2016
The LGA has long argued that locally set licensing fees will enable councils to recover the cost of applications better and it is encouraging that the report recognises that this issue must be resolved.
25 February 2016
Cllr Peter Box, Local Government Association spokesman for housing, responds to government figures which show the number of people sleeping rough in England has risen by nearly a third between 2014 and 2015.
1 March 2016
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, LGA Community and Wellbeing spokesperson, responds to new figures from Public Health England on alcohol-related harm.
26 January 2016
Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Chair of the Local Government Association's Fire Services Management Committee, comments on today's response by government to the consultation on emergency services collaboration.
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.
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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.