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

Media releases and news

Community safety

LGA responds to Big Brother Watch CCTV parking report

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.

Community safety

Charities, schools, councils and road safety groups warn against CCTV parking ban

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.

Community safety

LGA-led betting commission launched to address clustering and gaming machine concerns

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.

Community safety

LGA responds to blanket world cup licensing relaxation

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.


Councils raise public health concerns over food firms' online games for children

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.

Briefings, responses and articles

Locally-set licensing fees consultation: LGA response

The LGA has expressed concern about the complexity of proposals in the Home Office's consultation on localising fees under the Licensing Act.

Community safety

Differing views on the future of the Fire and Rescue service

Access a film highlighting some of the issues and challenges facing the Fire and Rescue sector which was shown at the LGA's Annual Fire Conference in Cardiff in March 2014.


Advice for licensees showing World Cup 2014 games

The guidance is intended as a template for pubs, local authorities and police to work together to ensure that the World Cup is a successful and enjoyable occasion.


Flooding update: resilience and response

With many areas across the country affected by on-going severe weather and flooding, the LGA flooding update resource aims to keep member councils up-to-speed with developments during the ongoing wet weather

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.

Presentations from the conference



Latest publications

Safer and stronger communities board

The Safer and Stronger Communities Board has responsibility for Local Government Association (LGA) activity in the promotion of the health and safety of local communities. 

Board papers

Fire commission