Over a third of the UK's waste paper and plastic collected for recycling is sent China with unknown ecological consequences. The British plastics industry says the trade is starving some UK recycling companies of materials and putting others out of business. New government figures estimate that Chinese companies import 200,000t of plastic and 500,000t of paper.
Proposals for the £100M Daniel Libeskind spiral gallery to be built next to London's Victoria & Albert Museum have been withdrawn due to lack of funding.
Scottish Power has followed suppliers British Gas and Npower in announcing an 11.8% rise in gas and an 8% to 9% rise in electricity prices. The power company blames the increase on rising wholesale gas prices.