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Used tyres

Rogue used tyre sellers putting lives at risk, warn councils

Latest government figures show there were 17 people killed and 719 road casualties – nearly two a day – in reported accidents in the UK in 2017 where illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres were a contributory factor.


LGA responds to Children's Commissioner report on children deprived of their liberty

"Every child in a secure placement will receive significant support from their council to make sure that they are safe, that their needs are being met and to ensure that they are only in that placement for as long as is necessary and appropriate."


Councils remain in the dark over vital youth offending cash

“Councils are determined to do all they can to protect young people and keep them safe, but their efforts are being seriously hampered by the lack of clarity around such a vital source of funding."

Young man in tunnel

LGA: six in 10 retailers selling knives to children in some areas, as prosecution fund runs dry

Six out of 10 retailers in some areas are breaking the law on underage knife sales with councils warning that a lack of funding for enforcement activity will make tackling the knife crime epidemic a huge challenge.


LGA responds to Fostering Network call for more foster families

“It is no exaggeration to say that the contribution foster carers make to improving the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable children is often heroic, changing the lives of children across the country every day."

Man and woman on bench

LGA responds to new support for domestic abuse survivors

"The Government’s announcement that funding will be provided to place these vital services on a long-term, sustainable footing is a positive step."


LGA: Courts must hand out tougher punishments to defer fly-tippers

Analysis by the Local Government Association reveals that no-one convicted of fly-tipping since the Government introduced new guidelines in 2014 has been slapped with the maximum £50,000 fine or 12 months in prison by the courts.


LGA responds to MHCLG Discounted Homes Funding

"In order to tackle the national housing shortage councils also need to be empowered to build more affordable, good-quality homes at scale, and fast."


LGA responds to cladding funding announcement

Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responds to the announcement that the Government will pay for the replacement of flammable cladding on private tower blocks.


LGA responds to new programme to protect children at risk of exploitation

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the announcement of a new government programme to protect children at risk of exploitation.