World's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool

Dong Energy’s wind turbines have begun generating electricity off the Liverpool coast.

Majority support car-free city centres, survey reveals

Over half of all UK adults would be happy to tolerate only public transport being allowed in their nearest city if it meant air quality could be improved, a survey conducted by Volvo Buses has indicated.

NDNA recommends childcare passport funding

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has called on all political parties to invest in childcare and simplify early years funding with a radical Childcare Passport proposal.

Pothole-related breakdowns rising despite mild conditions

The RAC has warned it attended over 6,500 breakdowns caused as a result of potholes in the first quarter of 2017 – a 63 per cent year-on-year rise despite decent weather conditions.

One in three borrow money to pay rent

According to new figures by hoping charity Shelter, half a million low earners have had to borrow money to pay their rent during the past year.

Greens prioritise environment in police promises

The Green Party has pledged new laws to protect Britain's nature, wildlife and countryside in the wake of Brexit, if it is elected at June’s genera

Greater Manchester considers plan for clean air zones

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is considering implementing a zone in the city centre which could see drivers of highly polluting vehicles charged a fee.

Facebook publishes tips for spotting fake news, ahead of election

Facebook has increased its campaign against fake news, by publishing adverts in the UK press, containing a list of tips to help the public decide whether a story is genuine.

Leaked documents show plans for live surveillance of web users

A paper allegedly leaked to civil liberties body the Open Rights Group has suggested that the government is considering the ‘live’ surveillance of British web users’ internet communications.

 Government clean air plan labelled ‘weak’

The government has published its plan to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK, following delays and legal battles with environment groups.

Metro mayors must support devolution agenda, think tanks says

IPPR North has called on the six elected Metro Mayors and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to unite to call for sweeping new powers over education, health and employment, with strong local checks-and-balances.

LGA unveils 10-point plan to boost local services

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on all political parties to commit to a 10-point plan to boost vital local services, build homes, create school places, close skills gaps and drive economic growth.

Irish border counties hold Brexit meeting

Councils along the Irish border are set to meet in County Fermanagh to discuss the impact of Brexit.

Metro mayors should focus on making regions cleaner and greener

A coalition of environmental organisations, including the National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts, the Campaign for Better Transport, the Green Alliance and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, have called on incoming metro mayors to take urgent action to make their city regions greener.

Councils risking personal data, study suggests

Research conducted by FalconStor has found that local authorities are putting the personal data of 3.5 million citizens at risk by not having a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan in place, LocalGov has reported.

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