District level flood reports published

As the anniversary of the December 2015 floods approaches, Lancashire County Council has published a series of district level reports which provide affected communities with information about what the relevant risk management authorities are doing in their areas to help manage the risk of flooding from a variety of sources. Published every three months, the … Read more

Steve Prescott Bridge to light up green in memory plane crash victims

The Steve Prescott Bridge will light up green this evening in memory of the 71 victims killed in the Columbia plane crash yesterday. The plane was flying Brazilian first division football team Chapecoense to Columbia for a regional tournament final when it crashed near Medellin, killing 71 people. As a mark of respect, the bridge … Read more

First Signs of Weird Quantum Property of Empty Space?

VLT observations of neutron star may confirm 80-year-old prediction about the vacuum By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s. The polarisation of the observed light … Read more

European Defence Action Plan: Towards a European Defence Fund

The European Commission proposes a European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States’ more efficient spending in joint defence capabilities, strengthen European citizens’ security and foster a competitive and innovative industrial base. The European Commission proposes a European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States’ more efficient spending in joint defence … Read more

EU boosts 2017 commitment to education for children in emergencies

Access to education for children in emergency situations among top priorities for humanitarian funding in 2017 Today the European Commission is announcing a further increase of the share of its humanitarian aid budget to lead the way in supporting education projects in emergency situations around the world. The increase from 4% in 2016 to 6% … Read more

Council proposes radical change to local government structures

Chorley Council is leading the calls for radical changes to the structures of local government in Lancashire as the county council runs out of money. The borough council, which first made calls for a district unitary model two years ago, says councils must act now otherwise residents across the borough will be receiving sub-standard services. … Read more