31 January 2017
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to an All Party Parliamentary Group review of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), which recommends maximum stakes are reduced from £100 to £2.
22 November 2016
With wind and rain predicted to continue battering the nation in the wake of Storm Angus, councils are working around-the-clock to support flood-affected residents and businesses.
2 February 2017
Water safety is an issue which affects all council areas. Only eight English counties had fewer than three drownings in 2015. The LGA is working with the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) to reduce the number of drownings in England and Wales.
3 December 2016
A "worrying" loophole that allows people to drive members of the public in minibuses without having a criminal record check must be solved by urgently updating taxi licensing laws, councils warned today.
15 September 2016
"FGM is child abuse and cannot be justified by any reason, which is why local authorities are committed to working with their communities to end the practice."
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.
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 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.
Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) are vital to our communities; whether it's the iconic black cab in our cities or the flexible minicab in a rural district. As elected members, we are responsible for ensuring the public travel safely and receive a good level of service, and that our systems attract good, reputable drivers.
Councils have a vital role to play in building community cohesion, combating extremism and encouraging the victims of hate crime to report the matter to the police. This resource aims to assist councils in this task.
September 2016: Government funding announcement for projects aimed at tackling hate crime and counter extremism.
Councils show what they are doing to raise awareness of, and fight, domestic violence and abuse in their communities and regions.
Information for councillors and those working to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM).
Resources for councils on tackling, identifying and reporting modern slavery.
DH Consultation on Death Certification Reforms
The LGA has responded to the DH consultation which introduces a new duty on upper-tier councils to appoint medical examiners to oversee a new process of death certification. The deadline for consultation responses is 15 June.