Government announces major private rented sector investment

Reports that the government is 'making one of the largest investments in the private rented sector in the UK' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

"Funding of £45 million has been awarded to the private Dandara Group to build 2,000 homes across Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham for rent", the Times (subscription) reports. The newspaper says that it is the "largest project that the government is involved with in terms of new homes delivery".

Record numbers of EU migrants came to Britain last year, the Telegraph reports. The newspaper says that the "Office for National Statistics said an unprecedented 284,000 EU citizens arrived in the UK in the year to June, which covers a period up to and just after the referendum."

"Almost three-quarters of adults in the UK visited heritage sites such as stately homes, castles and archaeological ruins last year", the Guardian reports. The newspaper says that the "participation gap" between "people in rich and poor areas visiting historic towns, buildings, parks, old ships or railways, forts, sporting venues or places of worship has shrunk dramatically, the report suggests".

Campaigners "are demanding that Sheffield council re-examine plans to cut down trees planted to honour soldiers killed in the first world war, in the latest development of the long-running battle over the local authority’s tree-felling programme", the Guardian reports. The newspaper says that the council "has recommended that 23 of the trees be chopped down as part of its ongoing Streets Ahead project, which campaigners say has already resulted in 4,000 trees being felled across the city."

Speed bumps "should be removed from roads as part of wide-ranging proposals by the health watchdog to cut thousands of deaths from air pollution each year", the Telegraph reports. The newspaper says that, in a report looking at how to make air cleaner, "the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), said that measures which help motorists stay at a constant speed, rather than accelerating and decelerating, were preferable to humps."

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