Local Authorities are responsible for enforcing many of the rules which maintain standards in local communities; such as controls on fly tipping, pests, potholes, noise and air pollution.
But after years of budget cuts, and huge declines in staffing, Local Authorities are struggling to enforce the rules that keep our communities thriving. Local Environmental Health Officers in England and Wales have fallen by a third over the last decade, with environmental health enforcement visits halving over this period.
Fly tipping enforcement has plummeted to a ten-year low, with English authorities failing to investigate three-quarters of fly tipping incidents last year. Ten years ago, 70% of fly tipping incidents resulted in enforcement action. Today, that figure stands at just 40%.