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Response to building safety and Grenfell Tower ministerial updates

People need to be able to sleep safely at night in their homes. The tragedy at Grenfell Tower must never be allowed to happen again and we look forward to working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to make sure the new system of building regulation works

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Blue badge thefts up sixfold in five years

Illegally using a Blue Badge is not a victimless crime. For disabled people, Blue Badges are a vital lifeline that helps them get out and about to visit shops or family and friends. Callous thieves and unscrupulous fraudsters using them illegally are robbing disabled people of this independence.

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LGA responds to combustible materials ban

“The LGA has led calls for a ban on combustible materials being used on high-rise buildings and it is great to see James Brokenshire act today."

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LGA responds to RSPCA call for more council funding

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to an RSPCA report highlighting its concerns about councils having to deliver more animal welfare work with no extra funding.

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LGA responds to ONS annual figures on domestic abuse

"Tackling domestic abuse is an issue that councils take very seriously and we look forward to the Government’s commitment to transforming the response to domestic abuse in its forthcoming Bill."

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LGA responds to Gambling Commission report on children using 18-plus pub gaming machines

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a report published today by the Gambling Commission on the under-age use of gaming machines in pubs.

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LGA responds to bringing forward of stakes reduction on fixed odds betting terminals

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to today’s government announcement that a reduction in maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be brought forward to April 2019.

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LGA responds to launch of Serious and Organised Crime Strategy

Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, Cllr Simon Blackburn, responds to the launch of the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy.

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LGA responds to Home Affairs Committee report on domestic abuse

"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."

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Eight in ten retailers selling knives to children in some areas, councils reveal

Eight out of 10 retailers are breaking the law on underage knife sales in some areas, council leaders reveal today. The worrying findings come as latest official figures show a 40 per cent rise in knife crime in England and Wales in the past two years.