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Minister's anger at councils' rubbish 'complacency'

A government minister has accused some councils in England of showing "complacency" after large backlogs of rubbish built up during December.

Local Government Minister Bob Neill said some people might "wonder if their council views the rubbish collection as just a favour, not a right".

Some areas have not had a collection for four weeks, as bad weather and the festive season disrupted schedules.

This report by Helen Fawkes features Councillor Richard Kemp from the Local Government Association.

  • 05 Jan 2011
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