Thames Water fined £4 million after 30 hour waterfall of sewerage discharge

Thames Water Utilities Limited has been fined £4 million for discharging an estimated half a million litres of raw sewage into the Seacourt and Hinksey streams in Oxford across two days in Ju...

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Security guard dies of hypothermia at windfarm

A contractor and security company have been fined following an incident where a security guard died after being found lying face down and hypothermic, in deep snow.

Ayr Sheriff Court heard...

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Watered down climate pact at COP26 agreed

On Saturday night, 13 November 2021, nearly 200 countries at the UN climate change conference found some common ground and concluded talks on the final version of the COP26 agreement. The night, ho...

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Fire safety advice for low-rise blocks to be withdrawn

Safety advice that has left thousands of households unable to sell their homes after the Grenfell Tower fire will be withdrawn by Christmas, Michael Gove has announced.

The advice that has...

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Landlord fined and sentenced to community order for gas safety breaches

A landlord has been fined and sentenced to a 12-month community order for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property.

Colchester Magistrates' Court heard how the landlord faile...

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Environment Bill amendment pushed to tackle storm overflows

On 26 October, the Government announced that the Environment Bill will be further strengthened with an amendment to see a duty enshrined in law that ensures water companies...

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Draft COP26 deal to curb climate change published

The United Nations climate agency has published a draft "COP cover decision" which is the subject of negotiations between all the parties involved. The final version of the document will be issued...

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Felling licences simplified in some situations

From 8 November 2021, the Forestry Commission is simplifying part of the felling licence application process when it comes to tree management due to pests and diseases.

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COP26 - what has been agreed so far

COP26, the UN climate change conference that started last week and will continue until the 12 November, has already seen some agreements made to help...

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Cambo oilfield could face legal battle

Lawyers from ClientEarth have warned that the Government must make choices based on the latest climate evidence.

The warning came as ClientEarth lawyers have written to the business secreta...

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Digital planning trial to take place in 13 areas in England

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has announced that 13 local planning authorities in England will trial "innovative" digital tools that intend to help local people h...

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Autumn budget announced

This autumn Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new budget that aims to "deliver a stronger economy for the British people: stronger growth, public finances and employment" while rebuilding the...

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NISRA report on mental health status

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has welcomed new research by the Northern Ireland Research and Statistics Agency (NISRA) on the mental health st...

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Food manufacturer fined after employee crushed in cooking machine

A food manufacturer based in Lincolnshire has been fined after one of its employees sustained two broken ribs after being crushed within an industrial cooking machine whilst working to clear a bloc...

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Demands for a review of Statements of Community Involvement

Campaign group Civic Voice, have called on the Government to keep and strengthen Statements of Community Involvement (SCIs) in upcoming reforms to the planning system.

SCIs are

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