Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The government has announced an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. An independent review of building regulations and fire safety has been announced by the government today (28 July 2017). This follows the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, which raised serious questions about the fire safety of high rise residential buildings, and subsequent government … Read more

West Lancashire film about gangs to go county-wide

A film starring West Lancashire teenagers that warns young people about the dangers of getting involved in gang culture is to be shown in schools all over the County. ‘Crossing the Line’ shows the risks and consequences of joining organised crime gangs, and aims to discourage young people from getting involved in crime and gang … Read more

Continued focus on industry improvement required to ensure ongoing safety of Britain’s railways

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its Annual Report on Railway Health and Safety performance which shows passengers on the mainline railway continued to be assured of a safe journey on Britain’s railways.  However, ORR identifies challenges which must be carefully managed if passengers and workers are to continue to be protected. During … Read more

LGA responds to Which? report on product safety and recall system

Responding to a report by Which? on the UK’s product safety and recall system, Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Council trading standards team play a crucial role in removing unsafe products from sale, prosecuting irresponsible sellers and helping to keep communities safe. “Despite the significant … Read more

Which? calls for an urgent overhaul of UK’s broken product safety system

The UK’s fragmented product safety and recall system is not fit-for-purpose and is potentially putting people’s lives at risk through a lack of joined-up national oversight and action, according to a new report by consumer champion Which?. Which? is calling for urgent changes to the regime, including the establishment of a national body that can … Read more