Government to work with business on plans to tackle peak oil threat, May 23  Commitment by the Government to work with the private sector on contingency plans to protect the UK and its economy from the growing risk of rising oil prices follows a meeting between Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and representatives from the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security (ITPOES). During the meeting, the Secretary of State agreed that the Department for Energy and Climate Change and ITPOES should work more closely together on peak-oil threat assessment and contingency planning. The collaboration should begin with a joint examination of concerns that global oil supply will begin to fall behind global demand within as little as five years – far earlier than previous widely-held assumptions.
Allotments: neighbourhood planning powers currently being trailed across the country will provide communities with a means to boost the number of sites with powers to protect existing allotments and identify new plots, say government, 7 May  In addition requirements for councils to provide allotments will be safeguarded as part of a wider review into reducing statutory burdens on local authorities. topic