Businesses and organisations are being asked for their views on European Union policies to find out whether being a part of the EU helps or hinders their work on the environment and climate change.
According to figures published by the Cabinet Office last week, water industry regulator Ofwat was the slowest of all non-departmental agencies to respond to enquiries – last year it only managed to reply to 39% within its target of 10 working days.
Abbey Metals Limited has been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court this week on a charge of failing to take measures to prevent major accidents and limit their consequences to the environment. They had earlier pleaded guilty at Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court.
A new one-stop-shop service for planning consents will reduce the number of bodies infrastructure developers need to consult on planning applications.
Water regulator Ofwat has set out its new, ‘less prescriptive’ approach to enable customers to get better access to information from water companies.
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association has welcomed the focus on infrastructure in this morning’s Queen’s Speech – but the Institution of Civil Engineers has expressed disappointment at the narrowness of focus in the Water Bill.
A partnership between the South Downs National Park Authority, Environment Agency and the Downs & Harbours Clean Water Partnership is investing £80,000 to identify and tackle water pollution in the South Downs National Park.
Royal Assent was granted for the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Act yesterday, which includes a provision removing a barrier to retail competition in the water sector.
Competition regulators should take over responsibility for most of the utility industries, leaving shrunk or merged utility regulators such as Ofwat or Ofgem to manage any remaining ‘unreformable’ monopolies, a Conservative MP has said.
A report in yesterday’s Financial Times says that the Conservatives are in the process of developing policies to increase competition among utilities – including the water sector.
Ofwat is expecting water company boards to show they have complied with the UK Corporate Governance Code in their forthcoming financial reports as the regulator pushes for more transparency in the sector.
The Government has set out proposals to amend the ‘general duties’ of the regulator Ofwat in the water industry in response to concerns the draft Water Bill has little focus on resilience.