23 August 2014
Millions of illegal cigarettes filled with dead flies, human excrement and abnormally-high levels of cancer-causing chemicals are being taken off the streets by councils cracking down on the black market trade.
9 August 2014
A national public health warning is being issued by councils about ‘laughing gas' as they launch a crackdown on this potentially lethal drug.
22 July 2014
Encouraging or promoting the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) by community or faith leaders should be made illegal under government plans to toughen up the law, councils urge today.
16 July 2014
Health precautions should be taken to combat a heatwave which is set to grip the country, say councils.
2 July 2014
Cllr Ann Lucas, Chair of the Local Government Association's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, has responded to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
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.