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MDU welcomes GMC apology over historic homophobic laws

Today the GMC has issued a formal apology for taking regulatory action against a number of doctors because they had convictions based on sexuality. The GMC has said it is ‘truly sorry’ for compounding the harm caused by homophobic laws and attitudes, that were in place into the 1980s and beyond. Reacting to the news, Dr Caroline… Read more »

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Home Offices launches consultation on deregulating sound moderators

BASC has welcomed a government decision to launch a public consultation on a proposal to remove sound moderators from firearms licensing controls. Launched today, the Home Office consultation seeks views on proposals to amend the definition of firearm in section 57(1)(d) of the Firearms Act 1968, removing the reference to sound moderators. Currently, sound moderators… Read more »

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Govt wants to encourage more recycling
‘Green light’ for fewer bin collections

Households could be set for fortnightly bin collections, after research shows no adverse health impact. Ministers have signalled support for alternate weekly rubbish and recycling collections, claiming it would encourage more households to recycle and reduce waste. Research published today by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) shows pilot schemes experienced no… Read more »

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Local recycling services singled out for praise
Environmental services drive councils’ success

Environmental services have been singled out for praise in the latest review of councils’ performance. The Audit Commission’s Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) report highlighted the improvements made in environmental services, which have helped councils improve their overall performance. Some 79 per cent of councils achieved three or four star ratings overall, rising to 84 per… Read more »