The Sun this morning has the following quote from a Local Government Association about Government plans to offer an incentive to councils to maintain, or restore, weekly bin collections.

The LGA spokesman says:

"Any council that did take up this offer will have to make sure that all their costs are covered going forward.

"Our main concern is that councils and council tax payers are not left out of pocket."

Not very localist, is it? We await to see the details of the scheme but remember that nearly half the country still has weekly collections despite the extra cost to the councils. Some local councils might decide to only restore weekly collection if the full cost was met. Others might decide that restoring weekly collections was a good idea even if only half the cost or three quarters of the cost was met. It is not for the LGA to pronounce upon what each council "will have to make sure" before deciding.