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LGA responds to Government response to Home Affairs Committee report on spiking

"While the Police primarily lead the response to incidents of spiking, councils play a vital, preventative role by not only working with a range of partners to improve safeguarding measures within the night-time economy but through the licensing system to address specific concerns against a venue."

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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 responds to the publication of the Draft Victims Bill

Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to the publication of the draft Victims Bill.

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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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LGA responds to Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan

"Councils play an integral role in tackling domestic abuse and supporting the provision of services for victims, and the commitment to multi-year funding will help ensure these services are fully embedded within communities. Clarity on when and who the funding will be available to will enable it to be distributed quickly."

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LGA responds to Government announcement of additional funding to support continued delivery of domestic abuse support services

"The LGA is pleased to see the Government has recognised our calls for additional funding to help councils with the provision of accommodation-based domestic abuse support and services."

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Serious violence and crime – LGA responds to Levelling Up White Paper

Our response to the announcement of measures to reduce serious violence and neighbourhood crime by 2030 in the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper.

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LGA responds to new NSPCC analysis showing an increase in child protection referrals for domestic abuse

"Domestic abuse is complex and in order to enhance efforts to combat this issue, through both prevention schemes and support services, councils need to be fully funded across all services."