Eric Pickles

Saracens stadium plans given boost

Saracens are a step closer to getting the go-ahead for their plans to renovate Copthall Stadium after the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government gave the all clear for Barnet Council to issue planning permission.

'Heavy-handed' bin fines face axe

Householders will no longer face fines for making "innocent mistakes" when putting out their bins under plans being announced by the Government this week.

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Lords may ambush plans to limit benefits

Plans to impose an annual limit on benefit payments could be ambushed in the House of Lords following a warning from within Whitehall that the move risked making 40,000 families homeless.

'They tell us recycling is good for us. Garbage'

Fortnightly collections, zero waste targets, recycling panic – the battle of the bins is raging. Our relationship with rubbish means we won't be told when or how to toss, argues John Walsh

Government accused of bins u-turn

The Government was accused of performing a U-turn on rubbish collections today after it was revealed councils will not be forced to bring back weekly bin rounds.