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King's Speech: LGA statement on Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill

“Councils want to work with government to protect local places from attacks."

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Criminals using digital switchover to scam vulnerable residents

​​​​​​​Criminals are exploiting the analogue to digital switchover to scam vulnerable residents who use health care telephony devices into giving out personal information such as bank details, councils are warning today.

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Sports clubs should shoulder full cost of ground safety certification, not councils – LGA

The Government should blow the full-time whistle on outdated charging regulations that mean the local taxpayer is having to foot the £1 million annual bill for sports clubs to have ground safety certification. 

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LGA: National Partnership Policing Agreement being rolled out too quickly 

"We are concerned that this is being rolled out too quickly, with inadequate local engagement meaning that other agencies risk being unable to pick up any increases in demand for their services."

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‘Stopping terrorism requires a broad and joined-up approach’: LGA responds to Prevent review

“We have long argued that stopping terrorism requires a broad and joined-up approach. Investing in a long-term approach, which includes a multi-agency support offer for those at risk, is vital in addressing some of the wider issues that may contribute to individuals becoming radicalised and create tensions in our communities.

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LGA responds to Martyn’s Law

“The Government must now ensure that funding is made available to respond to the significant resource and capacity requirements needed to successfully implement Martyn’s Law.”

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LGA responds to Government plans to end Friday releases to cut crime and make streets safer

"In bringing release dates forward, this will ensure prison-leavers have enough time to access the right help and support to prevent them heading back towards previous criminal activities.”

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LGA statement on Queen's Speech: Modern Slavery Bill

“Councils have been at the forefront of the work to tackle the issue of modern slavery, from prevention through to the provision of support to victims."

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Don’t be fooled by new scams, councils say

“Anyone can fall victim to a scam, and we urge people of all ages to brush up on the tell-tale signs, and the support available to those who need it."

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LGA responds to announcement of additional funding to tackle serious violence

"Violence Reduction Units are a valuable resource that are helping to reduce serious violence and crime, so it is extremely positive to see they will be extended to new areas and benefit from multi-year funding settlements."

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