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Lunts’ GLA post

In the feature ‘Changing of the Guard’ (LGC, 29 May) we incorrectly stated that we understood that David Lunts, director of policy at the Greater London Authority, had resigned his post. We now accept that this statement was incorrect and we apologise for the error.

No costs for Surrey

Surrey CC has been told by lawyers that it cannot sue over the costs caused by last year’s foot and mouth disease outbreak. The council had been unable to determine at which of two adjacent laboratories the outbreak had started.

Landfill tree list

Former landfill sites can be turned into parks, woods or farms if the right trees are planted, new research has found. Fears over roots causing extra gas to be released from sites had led to planting being discouraged, but a Forest Research study for the government said poplar, alder, cherry, oak and ash were acceptable.

Planning aid rise

Communities secretary Hazel Blears has unveiled a staged increase in planning aid which enables community groups to lobby and pay for planning expertise on controversial applications. Funding will double from£1.7m to£3.2m this year, and rise to£4.5m in 2010-11.

Back to work study

Barnsley MBC leader Stephen Houghton (Lab) is to chair a new government review team advising councils on how to tackle unemployment. The team will examine how the best use is made of Working Neighbourhoods Fund cash and how agencies including the Learning & Skills Council and Jobcentre Plus offer better local support.

Packaging figures

There has been only a marginal improvement in the proportion of packaging that can be recycled over the past year, a Local Government Association study has revealed. As much as 38% of packaging cannot be recycled, with Lidl and Marks
& Spencer having the lowest proportion of recyclable packaging.

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