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LGA responds to building safety announcements

Lord Porter responds to the latest building safety announcements made by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick

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LGA responds to rise in knife offences dealt with by courts

“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."

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LGA: Dangerous fake alcohol warning to ​​​​​​​New Year’s Eve revellers

New Year’s Eve revellers are being urged to avoid cheap and dangerous fake alcohol being sold by rogue retailers ahead of the biggest social night of the year.

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Lives at risk from unlicensed festive lifts, councils warn

Party-goers should avoid using unlicensed cabs and illegal commercial “lifts” offered on social media, which could put their lives at risk, councils urge today in safety guidance issued for the festive season.

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Christmas shoppers warned against dangerous, fake toys

Christmas shoppers are being warned to avoid buying fake and potentially dangerous toys which can contain toxic materials, damage hearing and pose choking or strangulation hazards.

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LGA responds to latest FGM figures

“There have now been 22,500 new cases of FGM identified in just over four years, which highlights the size of the challenge facing all agencies seeking an end to this form of abuse, which is destroying the lives of children and young people in communities across the country."

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LGA responds to latest domestic abuse figures

“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."

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LGA responds to Action for Children 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."

Grenfell Tower inquiry report: LGA response

Lord Porter, LGA building safety spokesman, responds to the publication of the Grenfell Tower inquiry report.

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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.