• Jenrick activates Bellwin after storm

    17 February 2020

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has activated the Bellwin scheme, providing emergency financial assistance for councils affected by Storm Dennis.

  • Uncertainty puts East Lothian procurement on hold

    14 February 2020

    Uncertainty over the future of waste and recycling in Scotland has led to East Lothian Council pushing back procurement of a contract for bin collections.

  • Local government is a powerful force for change

    12 February 2020

    Last year, people across the UK called on the Government to take environmental action seriously. We witnessed a noticeable shift as local government responded – people and councils, coming together with a shared voice for change.

  • Feather dust-up

    12 February 2020

    One could be forgiven for thinking Worcester City Council has been watching too many Star Wars films.

  • White Van Man on... electric vehicles

    07 February 2020

    So by 2035 I’ve got to get rid of my motor and replace it with a doobrey that has the horsepower of a hairdryer and needs to be plugged into the mains for any journey that lasts longer than nipping down to the curry house for a ruby.

  • Council owned properties must be part of the climate emergency response

    27 January 2020

    Current energy efficiency delivery ‘at least for domestic properties, is at an all-time low’ says chief executive of Community Energy England Emma Bridge.

  • Nottingham in bid to 'stabilise' energy company

    24 January 2020

    A new management team has been installed at Robin Hood Energy and governance of council-controlled companies is being overhauled after the company was threatened with having its licence revoked.

  • NLGN study highlights concerns over air quality

    22 January 2020

    Unitaries are much less likely than Metropolitan councils and London boroughs to consider taking action on air quality as ‘extremely or very important’, the latest quarterly NLGN leadership index survey has found.

  • A nuclear-scale error

    21 January 2020

    Many a local mayor has gone nuclear after hearing bad news.

  • Glasto’s still worth a shout

    15 January 2020

    Mendip DC, the council responsible for overseeing the world’s biggest music festival, has warned the good folk behind Glastonbury about noise levels.

  • Cornwall awards waste contract after procurement delay

    14 January 2020

    Cornwall Council has appointed Biffa to provide its waste collection service after scaling back its contract demands.

  • We need a longer-term strategy on nutrient neutrality

    09 January 2020

    All but a few new housing developments are getting planning permission because of the need for planning authorities in south Hampshire to demonstrate nutrient neutrality, according to Gill Kneller. She says a clear solution is needed.

  • It’s party time

    03 December 2019

    With just a week to polling day, the race to form the next Government is nearly over. Here Paul Marinko tries to help the sector navigate the web of policy commitments for local government on offer after 12 December.

  • East Riding top of recycling rates

    02 December 2019

    East Riding of Yorkshire Council has topped the Government’s list of local authority recycling rates in England for 2018/2019.

  • White Van Man on... climate change

    27 November 2019

    All I ever hear nowadays is climate change. I blame it on that Scandi girl who said we’d stolen her childhood by driving around town in our motors instead of riding eco-friendly donkeys. Look, I’ve been puffing away on my Dutch roll-ups for years without any effects other than a slight cough, so I can’t see why strolling about the manor taking in a few gasps of diesel fumes has suddenly become a major health hazard.

  • A growing problem

    27 November 2019

    It has unfortunately fallen upon Diary to convey some sad news from last week.

  • Rooting out the problem

    20 November 2019

    Drastic times call for drastic measures.

  • Councils help Doncaster after sandbags plea

    14 November 2019

    Councils clubbed together after desperate Doncaster MBC put out an urgent request for 20,000 sandbags amid warnings that communities could become cut off by flooding.

  • Environment Bill... What next?

    13 November 2019

    As flooding hits Rotherham and other areas, Sharon Kemp says there is real potential for local leaders to be given support for their climate activities by using the Solace network to share the ideas that drive the changes needed within communities.

  • Good Growth for Cities 2019: Shaping an inclusive new narrative for UK cities

    12 November 2019

    One of the most interesting things about taking the public’s perspective to measure city success is that the results are not always what we’d expect, says Jonathan House.