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LGA - Tougher licensing powers needed to crack down on COVID-19 safety breaches

Pubs and other licensed premises should be made to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines with councils given the powers to close down places where rules are being flouted.

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Coronavirus: half a million shoddy face masks among surge in virus-related scams and illegal goods reported to councils

Some councils have recorded a 40 per cent increase in reported scams since the start of the COVID-19 emergency.

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Rise in coronavirus fraudsters offering support to elderly for cash upfront

"Councils will do everything in their power to prosecute fraudsters and seek the toughest penalties for criminals taking advantage in this despicable way."

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LGA responds to call to license hand car washes

“Modern slavery is a despicable crime and a rising threat to our communities. We are working with councils to increase awareness and understanding of modern slavery, to help them identify these ruthless profiteers and rescue their victims from lives of servitude, including those working at hand car washes for little or no pay."

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LGA responds to new DFT taxi licensing guidance and reforms

“Councils have long-called for existing outdated taxi laws to be updated and strengthened so we are very pleased that so many of our recommendations have been supported in this consultation."

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LGA responds to Which? report on consumer rights enforcement

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to a report by Which? calling for consumers’ rights enforcement systems to be overhauled.

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LGA responds to a new strategy introduced by the Office for Product Safety and Standards

"The consequences of faulty electrical goods catching fire are devastating, damaging property and in some cases causing loss of life."

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LGA responds to Which? report on unidentifiable fire risk appliances

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to to research by Which? on the increasing number of appliances that cause fires in homes and which cannot be identified.

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LGA responds to Which? research on food hygiene

“Councils know their local areas best and target reduced resources at the riskiest businesses, while national co-ordination through the Food Standards Agency also helps to ensure that areas of the food industry most at risk are generally targeted accordingly."

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Toxic skin creams still rife in cosmetics market, councils warn

Shoppers are being warned about buying highly toxic skin lightening creams from a booming illegal market in cosmetics.