Eighteen councils have secured almost in Government grants to retrofit buses with green technology capable of cutting harmful emissions by up to 90 per cent.
More than £6.8m from the Clean Bus Technology Fund will be used to upgrade 439 buses operating in pollution hotpots.
To secure funding, local authorities had to show evidence that retrofit technology would reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by at least 50 per cent. Councils will also have to monitor the schemes and provide evidence of their effectiveness.
Housing services staff at Sheffield City Council will stage a strike today in a dispute over changes that unions say have "annihilated" their terms and conditions, and imposed a new management scheme on employees.
A devolution deal for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire would deliver 55,000 new private sector jobs by 2023, 77,000 affordable homes and millions in investment over the next 30 years, according to draft document published by councils and business le
Town halls should have the power to penalise developers who take too long to build new homes after new research showed there are a record 475,647 properties in England that have been granted planning permission but have yet to be built.