New energy price cap to be considered

New plans being considered by energy regulator Ofgem include a price cap on energy bills for more households on low incomes.

Employers paying more to recruit new staff

The skills gap is costing UK businesses more than £2 billion a year in higher salaries, recruitment costs and temporary staffing.

One in seven private renters spend half income on rent

The LGA has warned that 14 per cent of private renters are spending more than half of their total income on rent.

Green Belt being lost without improving housing crisis

The CPRE has warned that the increase in houses planned for the Green Belt remain unaffordable to those who need them.

Northern children more likely to face care process

Children facing being taken into care are 70 per cent more likely to end up in care proceedings if they live in north of England.

300 Scottish tower blocks without sprinklers

It has been revealed that more than 300 high-rise buildings across Scotland do not have potentially life-saving sprinkler systems.

Plymouth leader urges libraries plan backing

The leader of Plymouth City Council has urged fellow councillors to vote for the council's updated Plan for Libraries.

Mayor launches first London Borough of Culture award

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched the search for the first-ever London Borough of Culture, inviting 32 boroughs to bid for cultural funding.

Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland to be considered

Zero Waste Scotland has been asked to investigate design options and the associated costs and benefits of a Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland.

Cut air pollution in ‘no idling' zones

NICE and Public Health England are urging for ‘no vehicle idling’ zones to be enforced by local authorities.

Kingston launches new recycling rewards scheme

Kingston Council has launched Kingston Recycling Rewards, a recycling rewards scheme which aims to reduce non-recyclable waste in the borough.

New cycling plan for Leeds launched

Leeds City Council and its partners have launched a new cycling plan for the city to improve cycling infrastructure and accessibility.

‘Beacons of litter’ attracting more rubbish

New Keep Britain Tidy research has found that the presence of large, brightly-coloured items of litter act as a ‘beacon’ for more litter.

£6.1 billion programme of upgrades to major roads

The Department for Transport has unveiled a £6.1 billion programme of road improvements.

Renting increases risk of depression and lowers well-being

A new study has revealed that those who rent their homes for longer have more symptoms of depression and lower levels of well-being.

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