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Energy saving schemes falling short, warn councils 

“It is now time to shift to a locally led approach, which would mean councils can target the homes that need the support most, while working with local businesses to build skills and growth.”

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Building of 20,000 homes left in limbo due to pollution concerns, councils say

Urgent action and funding is needed to address river pollution and low water levels so 20,000 new homes left in limbo can be built, councils warn.

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Support and investment needed for adaptation – LGA responds to Climate Change Committee report

“Councils need support and investment now to help close the gap between the changing climate and our readiness for it - the costs of inaction is far greater."


Penalties must act as deterrent for fly-tipping – LGA responds to annual fly-tipping statistics

“Fly-tipping is inexcusable. It is not only an eyesore for residents, but a serious environmental and public health risk, creating pollution and attracting rats and other vermin. It also costs local taxpayers millions of pounds a year to clear up."

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Prioritise reducing waste – LGA responds to announcement on deposit return schemes

"Councils are pleased to see some further details for how the deposit return schemes (DRS) would work, but need to understand how the implementation of DRS will work alongside other planned waste reforms, such as the plans for packagers to pay for waste processing. "

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‘Councils are intrinsic to a net zero future’ – LGA statement on net zero review

"We are pleased the review recognises the importance of local government in delivering net zero", said Cllr David Renard, Environment spokesperson for the Local Government Association.

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Coastal landfill time bomb needs urgent action

Hundreds of historic coastal landfill sites across the country are at risk of polluting Britain’s beaches and waterways, a new survey reveals. The survey from the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group (LGA Coastal SIG), in collaboration with Coastal Group Network, shows that 26 coastal councils have sites already spilling large amounts of waste onto cliffs and beaches. Coastal landfill sites, inherited by councils are a large-scale problem on Britain’s coastlines, are often on low lying coastal and estuary sites that have historically been an easy target for the

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Lack of action on leaky homes will cost taxpayers billions – new LGA analysis

Slow progress in insulating homes will cost Government at least £4.2 billion in energy waste over the next two years, councils warn today.

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LGA responds to Which? report on electric vehicle charging infrastructure

"Reliability and ease of use of charging infrastructure will be vital to continue attracting more people to make the switch to greener transport"

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Councils respond to Energy Bill Relief Scheme

“The inclusion of councils in the Government’s six-month energy price guarantee announced today is a positive step which should help mitigate against some of the extra pressures councils face this year as a result of spiralling energy costs."