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Government sets out social enterprise support in Social Investment Roadmap

Social enterprises could receive a boost in 2014, after the government laid out its plans to extend tax relief benefits to social enterprises in a bid to increase investment. The Social Investment Roadmap builds on a formal consultation on social investment tax relief, which was published in summer 2013....


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Radioactivity fears at Sellafield nuclear site quashed after evacuation

Fears over a possible radioactive leak at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria have been quashed. Officials say initial radioactivity readings that led to staff being evacuated were “not attributable” to any problems. All non-essential personnel were forced to leave the site on Friday morning, when Sellafield monitors detected...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 31 January headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Major philanthropic foundations add backing to fossil fuel divestment drive Treasury looks to extend ISA reach to peer-to-peer finance and crowdfunding Government...


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Survey: public support for fracking weakening

A series of surveys tracking the awareness of and support for shale gas shows that public backing for the industry has slipped following several protests and concerns around water contamination. The University of Nottingham asked over 3,000 members of the public for their opinion on shale gas between January...


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Maintaining our flood defences: the policy remains to cut now, pay later

The government is cutting flood spending in real terms, just as the country is hit by even more damaging floods. Blaming the Environment Agency for the spending decisions of government and MPs who voted them through is a clever distraction tactic. It ignores facts and the resultant suffering on...


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Public shows renewables interest ahead of Community Energy Strategy unveiling

Campaign group 10:10 is calling on the government to match public enthusiasm for local renewable energy projects ahead of the publication of the Community Energy Strategy next week. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) called for evidence from community energy groups and intermediaries in the summer last...


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The pensions timebomb: 11m at risk of poverty in old age

A leading thinktank has warned the government that most Britons are not saving enough for their retirement, calling the issue a “pensions timebomb”. Policy Exchange claims that around 11 million people are saving six times less than they should for their retirements, and is calling on the government to...


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HS2: opponents to high-speed rail link defeated in Supreme Court

A legal bid to put the controversial HS2 high-speed rail plans under further scrutiny in government has been rejected by the Supreme Court. Objectors to the plans say that the government’s transport department had breached an EU directive, failing to properly carry out environmental impact assessments. Advocates for the...


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Npower publishes ‘misleading’ figures on energy costs

The energy regulator Ofgem has said that a report published by one of Britain’s largest energy companies contains “incorrect and misleading” data about the cost of transporting gas and electricity. Npower later corrected the figures, which initially said that network cost of energy would rise from £295 per customer...


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MPs: energy firms showing ‘utter complacency’ over Christmas powercuts

MPs have accused the bosses of UK energy distribution firms of “utter complacency”, during a hearing investigating the companies’ responses to the stormy weather that led to widespread powercuts over the Christmas period. Around 750,000 properties were affected as the worst storms to hit the UK for decades left many...


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Sellafield site ‘unsafe for future nuclear storage’

The government has been accused of rigging the consultation process to select the site of a proposed nuclear waste storage facility in favour of a location that some geologists labelled as unsafe. Leading geologists told the Observer that they believed the government pushed for the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site in Cumbria...


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Government admits ‘inconsistencies’ in flood defence spending

The government has been forced to make an embarrassing climb-down over its claims that it is spending more on flood defences than ever before. On Thursday, the environment minister Dan Rogerson admitted that spending had fallen to £2.34 billion in the current spending review, compared with £2.37 billion in...


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Lords ask government to rethink lobbying bill

The government’s controversial lobbying bill was defeated in the House of Lords on Wednesday, as peers voted in favour of amendments relaxing some of the restrictions that charities say could effectively gag them. Peers from all parties backed a move, tabled by Lord Harries, to stop some staff costs...


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Only Labour can rebuild middle class, says Miliband

With just over a year until the 2015 general election, battle lines are being drawn by the major political parties. This week, Ed Miliband will set out his plans to make the economy work for the British middle class. At last year’s party conference, the Labour leader said how...


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Aiming for tar sands oil is greedy and destructive, Neil Young tells Canadian PM

Canadian musician Neil Young has criticised his home country’s dash for tar sands oil, and launched a fundraising tour to support the indigenous groups who are against it. Young said that Canada’s government was “completely out of control” when it came to the environment, as it gives absolute priority...


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