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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"


LGA responds to Home Affairs Committee report on serious youth violence

Cllr Morris Bright, Vice Chairman of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, reponds to a Home Affairs Committee report on serious youth violence.

LGA responds to annual FGM figures

Cllr Anita Lower, the LGA’s FGM lead spokesperson and Chair of the Advisory Board at the National FGM Centre, responds to new annual figures on the number of identified cases of FGM in England.


LGA responds to latest knife crime figures

“Rising knife crime is causing horrendous destruction and grief in our communities and councils are uncovering some shocking cases of illegal knife sales which risk fuelling this tragic epidemic. Retailers must ask for proof of age if they suspect the buyer is under 25."


LGA responds to introduction of Domestic Abuse Bill to Parliament

“Tackling domestic abuse is an issue that councils take very seriously which is why we support a greater focus on prevention and early intervention measures to tackle the root causes and support more victims of this horrendous crime."


LGA responds to new legal duty to tackle serious violent crime

“We are concerned amending the Crime and Disorder Act will not create the required step-change to tackle serious violent crime, particularly if this is not supported with extra funding."

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LGA responds to NAO report on serious and organised crime

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a National Audit Office report on the Government’s approach to tackling serious and organised crime.


Cold water shock dangers need including in lessons, councils urge

"Cold water shock, which can affect breathing and movement - even among strong and confident swimmers - is one of the biggest causes of drowning. It can take hold when people enter or jump into cold seas, rivers, canals and lakes where temperatures can be as low as 15C in the summer – half that of typical swimming pools heated to 30C."


LGA responds to final report on Draft Domestic Abuse Bill

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the final report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill.