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LGA responds to Sajid Javid announcement on funding to tackle serious violence

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chairman of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to announcement by Home Secretary Sajid Javid of a £200 million fund to help target young people at risk of starting a life of crime and violence.

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'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"

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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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Blue Badge thefts quadrupled in five years

The theft of Blue Badges has risen by 14 per cent in the past 12 months and more than quadrupled since 2013, councils warn today.

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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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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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Councils support Drowning Prevention Week

"We all want our communities to be able to enjoy the open spaces and leisure facilities in their local areas and enjoying the water safely is something that we can all educate ourselves about."

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Councils worked quickly to send cladding samples for testing - LGA

“Councils have worked quickly to check cladding on tower blocks where they are the landlord and send samples for independent testing."

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Fake football memorabilia warning as World Cup fever kicks in

“People should always do their research when buying football memorabilia and replica kits. Check the reviews of online sellers, and bear in mind that if something is really cheap, it’s likely to be fake.”

Grenfell inquiry: LGA responds to immunity request to Attorney General

Responding to the request by the Chairman of the Grenfell Inquiry’s request to the Attorney General to grant witnesses immunity, Lord Porter, building safety spokesman for the Local Government Association, said:  “The LGA is extremely concerned at the possibility that some witnesses to the Grenfell Inquiry could be granted immunity from having any evidence they give to the inquiry used in subsequent prosecutions against them. “The Grenfell Tower fire was an unacceptable failure of building safety that must never be allowed to happen again. All those involved in any way have a duty to