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LGA responds ClientEarth report on council climate change plans

“The forthcoming Spending Round needs to ensure councils have adequate funding to protect local services next year to help improve residents’ lives, including through proactive environmental protection work.”

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LGA responds to Waste and Resources Strategy consultation response from DEFRA

“We are pleased Defra has listened to many of our concerns, including seeking further evidence on mandatory free garden waste collections, and recognising the need for local flexibility on compulsory food waste collections and separate collections of materials for recycling."

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LGA responds to HCLG committee waste strategy letter to minister

“Ultimately, if councils are to improve recycling rates, the new Prime Minister needs to use the Spending Review to address the £8 billion funding gap councils in England face by 2025.”

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LGA responds to keynote speech by environment secretary

“Ultimately, if councils are to improve recycling rates, the new Prime Minister needs to use the Spending Review to address the £8 billion funding gap councils in England face by 2025.”

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LGA: Courts must hand out tougher punishments to defer fly-tippers

Analysis by the Local Government Association reveals that no-one convicted of fly-tipping since the Government introduced new guidelines in 2014 has been slapped with the maximum £50,000 fine or 12 months in prison by the courts.

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LGA responds to latest UK statistics on waste

“Councils are playing their part when it comes to improving recycling rates with our waste collection services diverting millions of tonnes of waste from landfill every year."

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LGA responds to government funding for green taxi charging points

Cllr Martin Tett, Transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, responds to today’s announcement of £6 million in government funding for 17 UK councils to provide charging points for ultra-low emission taxis.

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LGA responds to Environmental Audit Committee’s report on the Government’s 25 year Environment Plan

Cllr Martin Tett, LGA Environment spokesman, responds to the Environmental Audit Committee’s report on the Government’s 25 year Environment Plan.

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China waste ban impacting on council recycling services and costs

Councils are doing all they can to improve recycling rates, which is why 100 per cent of councils collect paper for recycling, and 99 per cent collect plastic bottles. The rising costs caused by this ban risk combining with ongoing and severe council funding pressures to affect other essential local services.

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LGA responds to the Government's Agriculture Bill

"Local government could play a significant role in any new system of environmental land management, particularly around issues such as environmental improvements, rural resilience and public access."