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Storm Christoph: Councils prepare for heavy rains and flood risk

The Met Office has issued an “amber warning” for parts of northern and central England today with people living in Yorkshire and the Humber, the North west, east Midlands and the east of England told to prepare for heavy rain and potential floods.

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to exported waste announcement

“We are keen to work with government and the waste industry to consider the impact of this ban, which will lead to new costs for councils as it will restrict where they can send recyclable material."

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to Environment Bill

National climate change expectations and air quality targets are unlikely to be met unless councils are given long-term funding, devolved powers and easier access to complex government funding pots.

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LGA: Over half a million tonnes of recycling is rejected at point of sorting

Non-recyclable materials being placed in the recycling bin contributed to more than half a million tonnes of household recycling being rejected at the point of sorting in 2019/20, the Local Government Association reveals today.

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LGA: Local leadership crucial in climate change challenge

“By working in partnership with government, councils can continue to shape their local areas to help achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner.”

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LGA: Increase fly-tipping fines to act as suitable deterrent

“We are eager to work with government to update its sentencing guidelines to ensure that those caught and prosecuted for fly-tipping receive significant fines that help to offset the huge costs to councils and ensure they never offend again.”

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LGA: Councils battling 20,000 fly-tipping incidents a week

Latest fly-tipping statistics for England 2019/20 show that local authorities were forced to clear up just under 1 million (976,000) fly-tipping incidents, from tarmac and asbestos, to tyres and even a boat.

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LGA responds to £338 million government investment in walking and cycling

“Councils are at the heart of promoting and enabling more sustainable local journeys, and more government support for cycle lanes and new Highway Code guidance to make it safer on the roads will help us deliver safer cycling options to get more people on their bikes."

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LGA responds to written ministerial statement on shale developments

“We are clear that it should be up to local communities to decide whether or not to host fracking operations in their areas."

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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."