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800 per cent increase in child modern slavery referrals made by councils

The rapid year-on-year increase in child referrals is further evidence of the current huge pressures on children’s services. Alongside that, the rising number of adult victims is adding to demand for housing and adult social care.

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Queen's speech: LGA responds to serious violence bill

“We support a public health approach to tackling serious violent crime, which has become an increasing priority for councils."

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LGA responds to Domestic Abuse Bill and new statutory duty on councils

“There needs to be a greater focus on prevention and early intervention measures to tackle the root causes, support more victims, and stop domestic abuse occurring in the first place."


LGA responds to report recommending new approach to tackling extremism

“The Government needs to ensure councils are sufficiently resourced and funded to tackle extremism in the long-term, and use the forthcoming Queen’s Speech and next year’s Spending Review to do so.”

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Toxic skin lightening creams warning amid industry boom

“Skin creams containing banned ingredients are very dangerous and could seriously damage your health, scar you for life and even kill you, so they should be avoided at all costs."


LGA responds to new Domestic Abuse Commissioner announcement

“Our ambition must be to reduce the number of victims, with greater investment in early intervention and prevention schemes, including in perpetrator programmes, that help stop domestic abuse happening in the first place."

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LGA responds to Prime Minister's pledge to include Domestic Abuse Bill in Queen's Speech

“Tackling domestic abuse is an issue that councils take very seriously which is why we support further measures to improve work with local partners to help support more victims and stop this horrendous crime."


LGA responds to sprinkler and building safety consultation

Lord Porter, the LGA’s building safety spokesman, responds to the Government consultation on sprinklers and other fire safety measures in high-rise blocks.


Loan sharks warning as debt enquiries hit record high

The loan sharks warning comes as latest figures show that 12,652 people a week in the UK are seeking help for problem debt – the equivalent of one person every 48 seconds.


'Tombstoning' youngsters risk leaping to their deaths, councils and fire chiefs warn

“Tombstoning is extremely dangerous and anyone doing it is dicing with death or risks ending up with life-changing or serious injuries"