Government to penalise companies for ‘plague of potholes’


The Government will introduce new measures to penalise companies responsible for leaving potholes on the roads after carrying out street works.

Councils to be banned from charging for disposal of DIY waste


The Government has proposed banning local authorities from charging for the disposal of DIY waste from households.

Council fined £8,000 after cliff collapse


Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council has been fined for undertaking work without a marine licence in the wake of a partial cliff collapse.

Council awarded £1.3m in damages over leaky roof


An adjudicator has awarded £1.3m in damages to Wakefield Council following long standing issues with the design of an academy.

Council criticised after vulnerable teen misses year of education


A teenager with special educational needs has missed out on a year’s education because the county council did not plan for her to move schools after Year 11.

Khan calls for bigger fines to punish rogue landlords


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called for bigger fines to be issued to rogue landlords as part of a move to protect the capital’s renters.

DfT begins moving traffic powers handover


The Department for Transport has released new regulations to give English councils outside of London the power to enforce moving traffic violations, including issuing fines for stopping in a box junction.

Five companies fined £33m over prepaid cards cartel


Five companies that provided local authorities with prepaid cards for vulnerable people have been fined more than £33m by the UK regulator for ‘cartel behaviour’.

Council ‘disappointed’ with tribunal decision over charging scheme


Halton Borough Council has defended its decision to issue 11 fines to one individual in relation to an enforcement scheme on the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Council found guilty of ‘maladministration’ over leaky roof complaint


The London Borough of Ealing has said it is reviewing its working practices after the Housing Ombudsman found that it was guilty of ‘severe maladministration’.

Councils call for increase in parking penalty charges


Local authorities across the UK have called for an increase in parking penalty charges to make them a more effective deterrent.

Council chiefs call for fly-tipping fines to be increased ‘significantly’


Local authority leaders have called for fly-tipping fines to be increased ‘significantly’ as part of the battle against waste crime.

Councils urged to take more action against criminal landlords


Over half of local authorities in England have failed to use new powers to issue civil penalties against rogue landlords in the past three years, a new survey has revealed.

Councils levy over £1m fines for COVID offences


Councils have issued over £1m in fines to businesses for COVID offences, an investigation has unveiled.

Councils deal with 20,000 fly-tipping incidents a week


Council chiefs call for tougher sentences for people caught illegally dumping rubbish as figures show councils deal with 20,000 fly-tipping incidents a week.

Insurer compares the market for parking fines


Councils are issuing fines worth an average of £850,000 a year for parking offences, with one raking in more than £10m, according to new research.

York council issues warning after police hand out ‘shocking’ number of COVID fines


City of York police have issued what they describe as a ‘shocking’ number of fines to tier 3 residents who visited the city last weekend.

Council given power to tackle antisocial lorry parking


Kent County Council has been given new powers to clamp and fine lorries that are illegally or inappropriately parked.

London council fines two rogue landlords £110,500


Islington Council has fined two landlords £110,500 for providing dangerous and sub-standard housing.

Indoor inter-household mixing banned in North East


People living in several areas in the North East will be fined if they mix indoors with individuals from different households, the Government has announced.

Psychiatrists call for suspension of fines for children who can’t attend school


The Royal College of Psychiatrists has called for the suspension of fines for children who can't attend school due to Covid-related anxiety.

London boroughs and Cardiff Council take £58.2m from moving traffic offences


Councils in London and Cardiff made £58.2m from moving traffic offences in 2018/19, according to the RAC.

Council hits out at ‘flawed’ bus lane review


Newcastle City Council has warned that a review into its bus lane signage contains a ‘number of legal errors’.

Council fined after fatal tree branch accident


Wirral Borough Council has been fined £100,000 after a pregnant woman lost her baby when a tree branch fell and hit her moving vehicle.

Homeowner fined over £60,00 for ‘wilful damage’ to a protected tree


A homeowner who damaged a 90-year-old tree so much that it had to be felled has been fined over £60,000 by magistrates.

Council fined over £1m after child suffers ‘life-changing head injury'


Hampshire County Council has been fined £1.4m after a child suffered a head injury caused by an unsecured street bollard.

Leeds to abolish fines for overdue library books


Leeds is the latest council to join a growing number abolishing fines for overdue library books.

Councils urged to fine drivers who leave engines running while parked


Seven out of ten drivers want to see councils doing more to tackle motorists who leave their engines running when parked, a car insurance company has found.

Biffa fined for £350,000 over contaminated China shipment


Waste management firm Biffa has been fined £350,000 for trying to send contaminated household waste to China.

Council apologises after motorist denied right to challenge parking ticket


Cherwell DC has apologised ‘unreservedly’ after an investigation revealed that motorists were being denied the right to challenge parking tickets.

Council to refund hundreds of incorrect parking fines


Hundreds of parking fines are to be repaid after a council discovered it had imposed them on motorists using free car parks.

Council threatens fly-tippers with £50,000 fine


Cheltenham residents have been warned that if they continue to dump their rubbish in the wrong place at the wrong time, they will face a £50,000 fine.

Councils issue nearly 10,000 fines for ‘anti-social’ behaviour


Campaigners have called for Public Spaces Protection Orders to be scrapped as new figures reveal there were nearly 10,000 on-the-spot fines issued in 2018.

City council drops £100 begging fines


Southampton City Council has decided to remove its £100 fines for begging after finding the penalty had ‘little effect’.

Council fined for leak of its gang database


The London Borough of Newham has been fined £145,000 by the data watchdog for revealing personal information on more than 200 people who were on a police database.

It’s ‘business as usual’ at Mersey bridge, council defiantly insists


Halton BC has said it is ‘business as usual’ at the Mersey Gateway despite a tribunal decision that the bridge’s crossing charge is 'not a tolling scheme’.

Council to fine anti-social drivers


Bradford Council have decided to crack down on drivers who play loud music, rev their engines, or engage in other acts deemed to be anti-social.

Council apologises for evicting anti-abortion charity


Lambeth Council have paid £5,000 in damages to an anti-abortion charity after evicting its volunteers and staff from an event in the London borough last year.

Councils must ensure parking fines are issued correctly, Ombudsman says


The local government Ombudsman has urged councils to ensure they are using the correct legislation to issue parking fines at country parks.

Council to reimburse drivers after ‘confusing signs’ lead to fines


A county council has said it will reimburse the parking fines of drivers who were caught out by ‘confusing’ signs.

Councils using premium rate phone lines branded 'greedy'


Campaigners have accused local authorities of being ‘greedy and foolish’ for using premium rate lines for people to pay rent and parking fines.

Council fined after labourer ‘trapped’ under falling roofing material


A council has been fined nearly £30,000 after a pack of roof trusses fell on a labourer who was working for the local authority.

Parking charges increase by £170m in five years


Council chiefs defend themselves after research reveals local authorities have increased their revenue from parking charges by nearly £170m in five years, while simultaneously cutting road improvements.

New £400 fly-tipping penalty comes into force


The new financial penalties for fly-tipping, which could see fines of up to £400 being handed to offenders, are now in force.

Council fined £27,000 over Legionella case


A district council has pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach after a leisure centre customer contracted Legionnaire’s Disease.

Council secures UK’s first Japanese Knotweed prosecution


A Bristol property owner has become the first person to be prosecuted for failing to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed.

Whitehall warns against using fly-tipping fines to raise revenue


The Government has warned financially-strained local authorities against using fly-tipping penalties as a means to raise revenue.

Whitehall backs ‘one-stop shop’ for appealing private parking fines


The Government has thrown its weight behind a new independent appeals service for drivers wishing to challenge private parking fines.

Councils call for power to enforce yellow box junctions


Motoring campaigners have warned of a massive rise in fines if more councils are given powers to use cameras to catch drivers who stop in yellow box areas at junctions.

Welsh councils generated £10m profit from parking charges and fines last year


Conservatives in Wales have accused councils of imposing a 'huge tax on shoppers' after figures revealed they made more than £10m this year from parking charges and fines.

London penalty charge notices up 10%


The number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued by London’s highway authorities rose by 10% during the last financial year.

Councils net £42m a year in bus lane fines


Town hall chiefs have hit back at a report saying councils collected nearly £42m in penalties last year from motorists caught driving in bus lanes.

Contractor fined £1m after complaints of ‘dirty streets’


Trafford council has fined a bins contractor £1m after residents raised concerns about dirty streets and overflowing bins.

Hackney raises £100,000 a week from controversial traffic camera


It is the ‘responsibility of drivers’ to read signs, Hackney Council argues in response to criticisms that its new traffic cameras are inadequately signposted.

Council first to fine people for soliciting prostitutes


An East London council is set to be the first to issue on-the-spot fines for people using prostitutes.

Council fined for causing autistic child ‘severe distress’


Brighton & Hove council has apologised after a mother and her autistic son were caused severe distress due to their temporary accommodation placement.

Council refuses to repay controversial bridge tolls


A council has refused to repay controversial bridge tolls despite a tribunal ruling they had made a number of ‘procedural errors’.

Council fines 'try before you buy’ sex toy shop


A local authority in the north east has fined a sex doll company £10,000 for operating without a licence.

Council chiefs demand more powers to tackle problem lorry drivers


Council leaders have demanded new powers to stop lorry drivers causing damage to roads by ignoring weight restrictions.

Council chiefs call for more ‘streamlined’ system to prosecute fly-tippers


Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ‘urgently streamline’ the process for prosecuting fly-tippers.

London council secures £1.6m fine against Tesco over safety failings


Tesco has been fined £1.6m for health and safety failures following a successful prosecution by Ealing Council.

Councils penalise over one million drivers a year for using bus lanes


Drivers in the UK’s cities have been issued with over one million penalty notices each year since 2015 for driving in bus lanes, new research reveals.

Councils given power to double fines for ‘litter louts’


New powers to enable councils to nearly double on-the-spot fines for littering and graffiti have come into force today.

Council discovers thousands of bus lanes fines could be invalid


Manchester City Council could be forced to repay thousands of bus lanes fines after an internal review discovered some charges were issued too late to be legally valid.

Council chiefs call for ‘minimum’ £30,000 fine for rogue landlords


Rogue landlords who commit serious housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000, council chiefs say.

Couple fined £4,000 for disguising home as a garage


A couple in Leicestershire have been forced to pay over £4,000 for breaching planning regulations at their home.

Councils welcome Government proposals to fine fly-tippers


Local authorities have welcomed the Government’s pledge to provide them with the powers to do more to tackle illegal waste and fly-tipping.

Councils urged to limit the number of parking fines issued by motoring group


The AA has launched a campaign against 'rampant ticketing' by council and private parking enforcers.

Councils deny using driving penalties as ‘money spinners’


Councils should avoid using penalty notices as ‘money spinners’, the RAC Foundation warns as research reveals up to 12 million driving licence holders are penalised each year.

Littering fines to double to deter ‘litter louts’


Maximum litter fines are to almost double next year and drivers will be held responsible for rubbish thrown from their cars, the minister for the environment revealed today.

Councils facing fines of up to £280,000 for delayed transfers sanctions


A new survey has revealed that 16 councils were fined for delayed transfers of care in 2016/17, a move branded as ‘frankly bizarre’ by the country’s most senior care director.

Council fined £150,000 for ‘failing’ to tackle vibration-related illnesses


A Welsh council has been fined £150,000 after it failed to address vibration-related illnesses affecting its workers.

Foreign drivers owe £1m in Westminster parking fines


Drivers from abroad rack up more than £1m in parking fines in Westminster, council says.

Parents who drive kids to school gate could face £130 fine under new council scheme


Parents who drive their children to the school gates could face fines of up to £130 under a new scheme launched by Croydon Council.

County fined £70,000 for 'serious and prolonged' data breach


Nottinghamshire County Council has apologised for leaving vulnerable people’s personal information exposed online after being fined £70,000 by data protection watchdogs.

Parking tickets from private companies ‘soar’


The number of motorists handed tickets by private parking companies has soared in one year, official figures suggest.

Girl, 5, fined for selling lemonade


A London council has fined a five-year-old girl for selling homemade lemonade on the street without a license.

Council fined £100,000 after hackers stole sensitive information


A council has been accused of failing to repair a ‘vulnerability’ in the authority’s software which allowed hackers to access sensitive information.

Owners of ‘inconsiderately parked’ cars face £2,500 fine


Vehicle owners living in Boston who repeatedly block bin lorries will face prosecution and a fine that could run into the thousands, says council.

Council apologises for £300 sandwich wrapper fine


Canterbury CC has apologised to a shop worker after officials issued her an on-the-spot £300 fine when they spotted a sandwich wrapper next to her till.

Scottish councils rake in £40m from parking penalties


Local authorities in Scotland made more than £40m surplus from car parking fines and charges during the last financial year, according to the RAC Foundation.

County agrees to refund 'unclear' bus lane fines


Lancashire County Council has agreed to refund motorists who were fined for driving in a new bus lane that had not been labelled clearly enough.

Ombudsman calls for ‘fairness’ over parking fines


Councils in England need to do more to ensure parking fines are ‘fair to all’, Ombudsman says.

Welsh councils report £14m profit on parking activities


Local authorities in Wales made a profit of nearly £14m on their parking activities in the last financial year. 

Newcastle to refund 5,100 PCNs over bus lane signage lighting issue


Insufficient lighting in a bus lane in Newcastle has resulted in the council refunding potentially 5,100 penalty charge notices, the local authority has announced.

Council amends fines for term time holidays in wake of High Court ruling


Derbyshire County Council has changed its rules around fining parents for taking their children on holiday during term time in the wake of the Isle of Wight High Court ruling.

Landlord fined thousands by council for ‘cramming’ 24 people in a house


A rogue landlord faces a court bill of almost £40,000 after being caught cramming 24 people into a house in Wembley.

County fined for leaving ‘sensitive’ documents in disused building


Hampshire County Council has been fined thousands of pounds after documents containing personal details of over 100 people were found in a disused building.

Councils call for power to fine utility companies for road works


Local authorities are calling for tough new powers to tackle ‘rush hour gridlock’ caused by utility companies digging up roads.

Rogue waste operator costs council £20,000 in clean up


A Dorset-based man has been given a suspended prison sentence and a £20,000 fine for illegally storing and processing waste cooking oil.

Increase in fines for term-time holidays amid confusion over law


Number of fines issued by councils to parents taking children out of school for holidays has increased by 55%, Freedom of Information (FoI) request reveals.

Council hits out at paltry fly-tipping fine


A London council has called on fly-tippers to be given higher fines after someone was fined £320 for dumping a truck load of rubbish on a residential street.

New fly-tipping fines welcome but inadequate, charity says


New penalties will not turn back the rising tide of fly-tipping, environmental charity warns.

Term-time absence case thrown out by court


In a landmark ruling, a magistrate has thrown out cases brought against parents who took their children out of school during term-time.

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