Yorkshire village faces petrochemical giant in anti-fracking fight

Ineos, owned by UK’s richest man, wants to overturn ban on well next to sheltered housingA petrochemical company owned by Britain’s richest man is attempting to overrule a Yorkshire council to drill a shale gas well next to a sheltered housing developm…

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Why councils are bringing millions of pounds worth of services back in-house

After 40 years of awarding contracts to the private sector, insourcing is now the way for local authorities to cut costs and improve qualityChris Morgan got a job as an electrician repairing council houses in Stoke-on-Trent just over five years ago. Al…

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East London council claims victory with deal on NatWest loans

Newham expects to save £143m in interest payments that can now go towards servicesNewham council is claiming victory after striking a deal with NatWest over £150m in high-cost bank loans that it says will save millions of pounds and enable it to boost …

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The Guardian view on London and England: a deep divide | Editorial

The faultline between London and the rest of England must be healed. It won’t be easyThe texture of life in any country is made of a pattern of small things endlessly repeated until they become too familiar to be visible at all: what is it like to go t…

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Council tax debts in England soar 40% in six years

Charities say ‘huge issue’ of arrears is now as big a problem as credit card debtsCouncil tax debts in England have soared by nearly 40% in six years, Guardian research has found, with charities warning these arrears now rival credit card debts as thei…

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