Environment secretary Caroline Spelman and communities secretary Eric Pickles are no longer on speaking terms, following a telephone argument about the rumoured plans to restore weekly waste collections, it has been reported.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the two secretaries of state had a heated phone conversation on the morning the waste review was revealed to Parliament and have reportedly not spoken since.
The newspaper has also reported that Pickles has formed a unit within the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which is looking at returning to weekly waste collections.
The news follows comments by Pickles in the House of Commons that “we are looking at delivering weekly collections and a financial incentive for providing them”.
A spokesman for the DCLG denied the report.