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
28 November 2013
Councils could have filled almost three million potholes with the monthly £1.5 million they have been forced to spend on licensing and regulating pubs, night clubs and off-licences.
28 November 2013
Children in England continue to be sexually exploited in and by gangs and groups, and authorities responsible for their safety are not doing enough to protect them, says a report from the Children's Commissioner for England.
14 November 2013
The LGA is calling for an end to nationally-set licensing fees as part of its Autumn Statement submission.
12 November 2013
Lords are being urged to hand councils the power to force private landlords to crackdown on anti-social behaviour caused by their tenants.
28 October 2013
Council workers are out in force today cleaning up the aftermath of one of the fiercest storms in almost 30 years.