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The Energy Act 2023 – Heat Network Zoning: implications and opportunities for local authorities

The Energy Act 2023 (the “Act”) received royal assent on 26 October 2023. Part 2 of Chapter 8 of the Act introduces powers for the Secretary of State to introduce a framework via regulations to establish ‘heat network zoning’ in England.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (“DESNZ”) describes heat network zoning as a

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The effects of a s.114 notice on third party contractors

On 19 September 2023, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, announced in Parliament that he was satisfied that Birmingham City Council was failing to comply with its ‘best value duty’ in accordance with the Local Government Act 1999. This came as a result of the severe financial issues raised in the Council’s section 144

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