Councils can make sensible savings by joining forces to buy refuse trucks and wheelie bins, according to a recent report.
Ministers are clear town halls no longer have the luxury of procuring waste management equipment in isolation and therefore must work together to deliver a better deal for local taxpayers. The report has found £70 million could be saved by town halls every year simply through better procurement and more standardised processes. Continue reading
Seven green spaces across the capital are to be transformed with funding from the Mayor of London, after thousands of Londoners backed them in an online poll.
The projects, which aim to improve local green spaces, were shortlisted for funding by the Mayor’s Big Green Fund II in January. Continue reading
Nationwide Building Society is creating woodlands across the UK and new research reveals how important the environment is to the British public, with almost a third (29%) of Brits considering themselves to be very environmentally friendly.
In fact, half of Brits stated they would pay more for products that were environmentally sustainable and almost two thirds (62%) said they would pay up to 10% more. Continue reading
New ways of tackling the scourge of ‘bin blight, that affects thousands of homeowners across the UK must be found, according to a new report by the NHBC Foundation.
As the UK increases its recycling of domestic waste, there has been a growth in the numbers of bins and recycling containers. These are often highly visible and scattered across neighbourhoods – creating an eyesore and posing a hazard to residents. Continue reading
Proposed new measures to tackle travellers who flout planning rules and abuse the system will crack down on unauthorised sites, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has said.
They will ensure fairness for all in the planning system and provide greater protection for our countryside and the green belt. Continue reading
Future governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes in England more energy efficient. Tackling this problem is a priority for government.
Since 2010 the number of households in fuel poverty has fallen every year, thanks to government energy efficiency schemes and the Warm Home Discount. However, the problem could rise again unless action is taken to tackle it. Continue reading
Residents of Uttlesford in Essex enjoy the best quality of life of any rural area in Great Britain, according to the 2014 Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.
With last year’s winner Waverley dropping back to third in 2014, Uttlesford tops the annual survey with South Northamptonshire taking second spot. Continue reading
Broadband was listed as the main issue that the government should tackle to improve the countryside as a place to live or do business.
According to Knight Frank’s Rural Sentiment survey, over 70% of those who took the survey listed it as the top priority. Continue reading
Four of the big six energy companies will now automatically refund direct debits to customers who are in credit.
While EON were already doing this, negotiations chaired by Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker have resulted in EDF, British Gas and SSE plus First Utility following suit and passing consumers money back to them. Continue reading
An interactive guide to organising community events, published by the Cabinet Office, will dispel a raft of inaccurate myths leading, it is hoped, to a surge in community events over the coming year.
Despite the success of community-led events around the Olympics and Jubilee, research by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found that existing guidance lacked clarity and focused too much on what organisers could not do when organising charity fund-raisers, street parties or school fetes. Continue reading