Local government offices across the UK have until 31 December to apply for a share of £50m worth of interest-free funds to invest in three energy-saving technologies that are proven to deliver a return on investment within five years.

Former Iceland and Wickes boss Bill Grimsey got tired of waiting for the Portas-led "high street revolution". He's published his own plan - and local authorities have a big part to play.

Councils' use of social media is on the rise - yet research has suggested there is a "digital divide" between authorities and the public when it comes to engagement through platforms like Facebook and Twitter. So how do town halls make the most of their online networks?

Back in 2005, Jamie Oliver's crusade against the Turkey Twizzler sparked a revolution in school dinners - but is it now time for the packed lunch to be packed in?

The Government wants a "radical new programme of renewal" for the country's highways but many councils remain "trapped" in a false economy of patching up crumbling roads rather than planning longer-term maintenance.

First introduced to Britain in the 19th century as an ornamental plant, Japanese knotweed has become a common sight in many parts of the country - and it is often an unwelcome guest. But scientists are combating the plant with another imported species. 

When is graffiti mindless vandalism and when is it street art? And should councils care? Andy Jowett takes a look.

The Government has launched a White Paper - Water for Life - setting out its vision for a comprehensive reform and revolution in the way Britain manages its water resources, setting the scene for legislation next year that aims to create a water industry resilient for the future that will also help sustain economic growth

For many years, I have spoken about the importance of both sustainability and tradition, and the marriage of the two in cities, towns and villages in a way that reflects a fundamental harmony between human beings and Nature. I have tried to put some of these ideas into practice throughout the Duchy of Cornwall, whether at Poundbury, Newquay or elsewhere.

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