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Friday 20 January 2012
The vast wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia shifted on its undersea ledge today, forcing a new suspension of rescue work and threatening plans to pump oil out to prevent environmental disaster.
Monday 02 January 2012
Council tenants who sublet their homes face prosecution and possible prison terms in a blitz on abuse of social housing. High earners could also be forced to pay the market rate for continuing to live in their council homes.
Friday 16 December 2011
Thursday 18 August 2011
Sweden is to stop this year's licensed hunt for wolves due to the threat of legal action from the European Union. Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said the government decided to call off the hunt to avoid arduous legal proceedings in Brussels.
Wednesday 13 July 2011
Tuesday 14 June 2011
Shadow environment minister Jamie Reed kicks of a 'heated' debate about waste collection but we think they're a little hungry!
Wednesday 08 June 2011
The Government is planning to sell public land worth an estimated £10bn to address a chronic housing shortage and help erode its record budget deficit. The Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, is due to announce today that all government departments with significant land banks will be asked to identify, by the autumn, land suitable for sale for homes.
Friday 20 May 2011
Elliot Morley became the first former minister to be jailed for cheating his expenses when he was sentenced to 16 months today.
Monday 18 April 2011
Calls for an official inquiry into the financial evidence used to justify the construction a £1.34bn nuclear fuel plant at Sellafield in Cumbria will be treated seriously, the National Audit Office has told The Independent.
Saturday 09 April 2011
The plot to remove the Speaker, John Bercow, still lurks in the undergrowth in the Westminster Village. His enemies are old colleagues on the Tory side who see him as a turncoat, and for whom the last straw was that famous photograph of Sally Bercow clothed only in a sheet.
Thursday 07 April 2011
Former environment minister Elliot Morley today admitted being Parliament's biggest expenses cheat.
Monday 14 February 2011
A marmalade produced by Environment Minister Lord Henley has won the top prize at the World Marmalade Awards. The Tory peer's recipe, which was originally his mother's, was named Best In Show at at the annual ceremony in Cumbria over the weekend.
Thursday 10 February 2011
Several new flood-relief schemes designed to protect thousands of properties have been put on hold, because the Environment Agency's flood-defence budget was slashed by £95m, or 27 per cent, for next year.
Thursday 16 December 2010
Councils are to get an extra £19 million to oust fraudsters who unlawfully sublet council and housing association properties, the Government said today.
Tuesday 23 November 2010
Ministers faced accusations last night of penalising the needy as they sounded the death knell for the days of an automatic council house for life.
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