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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. "

Environment - Air pollution

‘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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LGA responds to PAC report on Net Zero

“It is vital the Government acts fast to give councils the policy and investment framework as well as the powers and resources to deliver on the projects and culture changes that will make a difference in local communities and help achieve net zero."

Environment - Air pollution

LGA responds to NAO air quality report

“For their part councils are doing what they can to address this issue. This includes creating more clean air zones, installing clean air monitors in pollution hotspots, encouraging more cycling and walking in their communities and electric vehicle charging infrastructure to make air cleaner for our children and grandchildren."

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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."

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LGA responds to IPPR analysis on retrofitting homes

“All households, especially those that are fuel poor need support to decrease their energy bills, and retrofitting leaky homes will do this as well as help protect more vulnerable people from suffering cold and damp conditions that can lead to ill health."

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LGA responds to energy bills announcement

"Councils are taking practical steps to support those in their communities this winter, to address immediate hardship and improve people’s financial resilience and wellbeing, including through their use of the Household Support Fund."