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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."


LGA responds to latest fire safety test results on cladding and insulation

“Councils will continue to get on with what they need to do to ensure people are safe in their homes. This includes replacing materials on high-rise blocks affected by these fire safety tests."


Two scams a day reported to councils fighting fraudsters

More than two scams and attempted scams a day are being reported to some councils as they crack down on criminals running shams ranging from fake online dating and disability parking badge sites to bogus diamond investment schemes and weight-loss devices. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, is urging people to report all scams which costs UK citizens nearly £10 billion a year. Fraud, which includes scams, is now the most common type of crime, accounting for 3.6 million crimes in England and Wales last year. But this could be the tip


LGA responds to latest fire safety test results

“With test fails affecting buildings owned by a range of different landlords across the country, it is clear that the current building regulation system has failed. We need a commitment from government that it will meet the exceptional cost to councils of removing and replacing cladding and insulation on high-rise blocks as a result.”


LGA responds to plans to publish new guidance on anti-social behaviour powers

“Councils will take a proportionate approach to using the tools at their disposal to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.“


LGA responds Government announcement creating Office for Product Safety and Standards

Responding to the Government’s announcement creating an Office for Product Safety and Standards, Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “The LGA is pleased that its call for more support from government for local trading standards teams around product safety has been answered. “Today’s announcement is a positive step towards making sure that those teams are able to protect our residents from faulty electrical equipment, such as tumble dryers or fridge freezers, which can cause fires which can destroy life and


LGA responds to Taxi Licensing Bill being talked out

“It’s long past time for a taxi licensing regime fit for the 21st Century. We urge the Government to look at ways in which legislation can be updated, to support councils in their efforts to keep residents as safe as possible.”


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.


LGA responds to new sentencing guidelines around domestic violence incorporating text and email abuse

"This new guidance, which acknowledges that it can occur in a wide range of domestic settings and in various forms, including over text or email, is a positive step towards tackling it."

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LGA responds to Domestic Abuse Bill consultation

"It’s positive to see the Government has allocated an £8 million fund towards support for children who witness domestic abuse, and help with their recovery through locally commissioned projects. However, considerably more must still be done."