Screen shot 2010-02-20 at 17.08.34 Today's Telegraph leads with the news that fortnightly bin collections might be introduced across the country in the latest bid to save money. The move will be in the teeth of opposition from 75% of council taxpayers.

Doretta Cocks, of the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collection, told The Telegraph:

“I’ve lost count of the number of parents with young families who have said how disgusting it is to have nappies piling up in their bin for 13 or 14 days at a time. As well as a health hazard, it is simply undemocratic to ignore the wishes of local people who want weekly collections.”

In September 2008 Eric Pickles found £121m to ensure local authorities could continue weekly rubbish collections. I wonder if that is still Tory policy. I'll find out…

Tim Montgomerie