UK Government launches investigation into massive power cut

National Grid Electricity System Operator said the power cut was due to the loss of two large generators – gas and offshore wind – on 9th August

Supermarkets report 90% decline in plastic bag sales after 5p charge

The average person in England now buys only 10 bags a year compared with 140 bags in 2014 before the charge was introduced

Ofwat orders £50 reduction in water bills for consumers

Water companies must also invest an additional £6m each day between 2020 and 2025 to improve the environment and services for customers

England’s water companies ‘must improve poor performance’

The Consumer Council for Water has criticised Water Plus, Clear Water Business and Everflow for attracting high numbers of customer complaints

Aldi to trial plastic-free veg at its stores in England

It follows a ‘very positive reception’ during its trials in Scotland

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Urgent action ‘needed to improve support for vulnerable customers’

A new report calls for suppliers, regulators and government, as well as other organisations to do more to identify and assist struggling billpayers

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Ban on plastic straws and cotton buds in England from April 2020

The government said it received ‘overwhelming public support’ for the move

Climate change: Government offers £10m to plant 130,000 trees

Trees store carbon and can help make towns and cities more resilient

Local authorities granted £3m for cleaner air

The money from the government’s Air Quality Grant will be shared by 23 councils

Businesses offered £2m to gear up for sustainable deliveries

Applicants can benefit from funding for up to 20% of the cost of a new electric cargo bike