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Community safety  

Taxi lobbying victory

23 October 2014
With a coalition of law enforcers, children's charities, personal safety organisations and taxi drivers supporting the LGA's lobbying, Government had no choice but to scrap plans to let anyone drive minicabs when the vehicles are 'off duty', writes Cllr Ann Lucas.

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Localism  

Devolution benefits too big to ignore

23 October 2014
This week the LGA's campaign for devolving economic powers to councils was boosted by the RSA's City Growth Commission's findings, published in its report, 'Unleashing Metro Growth'.

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Community safety  

Serious Crime Bill amended

23 October 2014
Members consistently tell us that lobbying on their behalf should be top of the LGA's priorities, and the Serious Crime Bill is a key piece of legislation for the LGA.