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.
29 December 2015
The LGA is alerting revellers to the dangers of counterfeit alcohol following a series of raids on rogue premises and successful prosecutions – including nightclubs – in the run-up to the festive season.
28 December 2015
Victims of domestic violence are being encouraged to break free from violent relationships with the help of support services during the festive season. The LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, is signposting services victims can access to stop them suffering in silence from the ‘hidden crime'.
21 December 2015
Fire authorities are warning people to think twice about buying hoverboards for Christmas after major retailers pulled them from sale following several fires.
9 November 2015
New plans to give police more control of firefighters are "unnecessary, unhelpful and restrictive" and could jeopardise invaluable community work, fire chiefs warn.
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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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.