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LGA responds to latest FGM figures

“While it is encouraging that newly recorded cases of FGM have fallen slightly since the previous quarter, it is still concerning that there were more than 1,000 such cases, including 15 involving girls under the age of 18 and 20 cases where the procedure was undertaken in the UK."

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Safety warning amid worrying smoke alarm 'failure rate'

Almost 40 per cent of battery-powered smoke alarms failed to activate in residential fires in England in the past year, latest figures show, prompting a warning from councils and fire authorities in the run-up to winter when serious fires typically increase. Latest figures show 21 per cent of mains-powered smoke alarms failed to operate in a residential fire in 2016/17 – but this “failure rate” is almost double (39 per cent) for battery-operated alarms. With industry statistics showing that more than a fifth (22 per cent) of households never test their smoke alarm, the Local Government Associa

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Avoid dangerous illegal fireworks at all costs, councils and fire authorities warn

People should avoid making last-minute purchases of cheap fireworks from suspect outlets which could cause them serious injury, councils and fire and rescue services are urging after seizing hauls of the explosives stored illegally in the run-up to Bonfire Night.

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LGA responds to child gambling advertising crackdown

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the announcement by the Gambling Commission and Advertising Standards Authority that they will initiate a crackdown on child gambling advertising.

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Councils need more funding to protect against big rise in cyber attacks

More funding is needed by councils to ensure their computer systems, infrastructure and the personal data they collect and manage remains protected from crippling cyber attacks which have risen by 52 per cent against UK businesses, the Local Government Association (LGA) urged today.

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LGA responds to report on lack of responsible gambling measures by operators

“It’s encouraging that the gambling industry commissioned this research and has taken an honest look at the shortcomings in its work to promote responsible gambling."

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Greater curbs needed on gambling advertising, councils urge

Greater curbs on gambling advertising – including on TV and social media - are needed to reduce the risk to vulnerable young people from potential gambling harm, councils urge today.

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Dogs Trust survey on stray dogs and microchipping - LGA response

The LGA says microchipping improves animal welfare by helping councils return stray dogs to their owners while reducing the huge cost to the public purse.

LGA responds to latest FGM figures

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, says it is crucial that health trusts and GP practices continue to submit FGM attendance records to help build reliable figures reflecting the prevalence of FGM.

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LGA responds to latest fire safety test results

“With test fails affecting buildings owned by a range of different landlords across the country, it is clear that the current building regulation system has failed. We need a commitment from government that it will meet the exceptional cost to councils of removing and replacing cladding and insulation on high-rise blocks as a result.”