New homes shouldn’t be held back by pre-WWII electrical standards, says REA

The Renewable Energy Association has released a position paper which urges Government to upgrade the electricity supply to new homes.

Housing benefit system to remain in place for supported housing

Residents will claim housing benefit as usual, with their rent normally being paid directly to their landlord.

Nearly half of all Councils facing Pension fund recruitment issues

New guide examines recruitment, retention and resourcing for Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds.

Forest Heath DC's solar farm generates £1.3m in second year

Investment in solar puts £372,300 back into council services and helps make Forest Heath DC carbon neutral

NALC research shows support for single code of conduct

90% of local councils questioned would support a code of conduct that is the same and mandatory for all local authorities, according to research conducted by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

The plan calls on government to end the sale of all new polluting vehicles earlier than 2040 and to revise Vehicle Excise Duty to incentivise the purchase of new and second-hand zero-emissions vehicles.

The projects aim to support children back into mainstream education, encourage parents and carers to be more involved in their child’s education, and help young people make good academic progress.

The DfT has committed to directing a third of its procurement spending towards small and medium-sized enterprises by 2022.

The LGA has found that 525,000 tonnes of plastic pots, tubs and trays are used by households a year but just 169,145 tonnes of this waste is able to be recycled.  

New report highlights benefits of rental insurance

The average renter loses over £300 per tenancy because of participation in the existing deposit protection schemes.

Food banks cannot be sole solution to holiday hunger

More tonnes of food are distributed in the summer months by foodbanks than were received as donations, creating an unsustainable way of working.

Report highlights air quality efforts in Bath

An annual status report has outlined decreases in harmful levels of nitrogen dioxide across Bath and North East Somerset.

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