Government is ‘dragging its feet’ over plastic waste plans

The Environmental Audit Committee has argued that the government has not ‘adequately acted upon’ recent recommendations on deposit return schemes.

New funding to speed up planning decisions

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced new funding to help speed up planning decisions and help the government deliver, quality new homes.

Extra council tax not enough for under-pressure services

Although many councils are increasing their council tax, the LGA has warned that many communities will still see a reduction in local services.

Hampshire County Council proposes combined authority

Hampshire County Council has written to all 11 of its district council leaders proposing one combined authority across the whole of the region.

ClientEarth win High Court air pollution case

Activist lawyers from ClientEarth have won a third High Court victory over the UK government's plans to tackle air pollution.

Core Cities leaders to meet with EU chief

Leaders representing Core Cities UK are to meet with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

Nottingham generating £20m a year from commercial activities

Having seen government funding fall, Nottingham City Council is generating £20 million a year from commercial activities.

Javid gives go ahead for ‘super districts’ in Suffolk

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has backed proposals to create a new West Suffolk Council to drive prosperity, jobs and meet future challenges.

Clean Air Zones failing to target biggest polluters

Greener Journeys has said that current guidance for councils on Clean Air Zones fails to promote a shift away from car use to cleaner modes of transport.

UK drivers spending 31 hours in rush-hour congestion

According to traffic data firm Inrix, UK drivers spent an average of 31 hours in rush-hour congestion last year, costing each motorist £1,168.

Spending controls in place in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council has imposed immediate spending controls on the authority, banning practically all spending.

Nottingham to pursue high rise sprinklers

Nottingham City Council will go ahead with the installation of sprinklers in residential high rise blocks in the city, despite a lack of government support.

Labour pledges 8,000 new homes for rough sleepers

Labour has promised to tackle the scandal of rough sleeping by pledging 8,000 affordable homes for people with a history of sleeping on the streets.

Rough sleeping rises for seventh year

Rough sleeping in England has increased for the seventh year in a row, despite the government investing £550 million to address the issue.

One per cent in council tax will not stop pressure

The CCN has warned that new freedoms to raise council tax will only raise one tenth of the amount being cut from county council budgets.

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