£2 million fine for corporate manslaughter at a recycling facility

A metal recycling firm was fined £2 million following a guilty plea to corporate manslaughter after an employee was killed by a machine in 2017.

As part of a three-year joint investig...

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Calls for energy rationing rejected

Grants Shapps, transport secretary, has confirmed that the UK will not be following countries such as Germany in rationing gas if Russia cuts off supplies to Europe, and said it was "not the route...

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Greater Manchester leaders declare biodiversity emergency

Manchester City Council have signed the 'Edinburgh declaration', effectively declaring a biodiversity emergency.

The 'Edinburgh declaration' is a statement of intent that makes a commitment...

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Livestock auction mart fined following fatal incident with dairy bull

A livestock auction mart has been fined after an employee was fatally injured when he was struck by a dairy bull he was helping to load on to a lorry.

In August 2017 the employee was helpin...

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Building Safety Manager role scrapped by amendments

The Government has announced that the role of Building Safety Manager, a key element of the Building Safety Bill, will be scrapped in response to complaints from leaseholder...

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New exemption for solar panels in London borough

Residents of listed homes in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea will now be able to have solar panels fitted on their homes without applying for individual planning consent from the counc...

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"Strong start" for planning submissions in 2022

55,055 planning applications were submitted in England and Wales during February 2022, according to the Planning Portal.

Managing director Sarah Chilcott said that the year had "started str...

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25-year vision set out by flood hydrology roadmap

A flood hydrology roadmap, released on 22 March 2022, sets out a vision to help scientists and practitioners better predict future flood events and improve flood resilience across the UK.


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Two men fined after illegally fishing in the dark

Two men were fined £469 each after fishing at night, and removing fish and eels, a protected species, from the River Avon in Worcestershire.

The incident happened in July 2021 and the...

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£36 million programme announced to help adapt to coastal erosion

As part of the government's £200 million flood and coast innovation programme, £36 million will be invested to explore innovative approaches of adapting to the effects of coastal erosio...

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Spring manufacturer sentenced after worker severs fingers

A spring manufacturing company has been fined after an employee had two fingers of his right hand severed whilst attempting to lubricate a bandsaw.

In October 2019 a labourer employed by Ha...

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Company fined after worker suffered fall from height

Infiniti Roofing and Construction Ltd has been sentenced for breaches of safety regulations after an employee fell through a gap in scaffolding, sustaining multiple injuries, whilst working on a bu...

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Government launches Community Housing Fund

The Department for Levelling Up, Communities and Local Government (DLUHC) has announced that 1,200 homes will be delivered in England through a £4 million Community Housing Fund.


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No VAT on green home energy upgrades

Today, 23 March 2022, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that he will remove VAT on green home energy upgrades, a reduction in tax from previous rates of 5%.

As the prices of energy and fuel...

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Aim for the UK to have 25% electricity sourced from nuclear power

Following his roundtable meeting with the nuclear energy industry companies, such as British Rolls-Royce, French EDF and the US's Westinghouse and Betchel, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announce...

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