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Bradshaw: local authorities will be fined

Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw warned local authorities that the Government would fine those who failed to meet their obligations under the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS).

Speaking at the Beacon Council Learning Exchange last week, Bradshaw said: “Let me stress that the Government is serious about LATS and we will impose penalties on authorities that fail to meet their obligations, otherwise it is unfair on good performers.”

He said that an important part of LATS was the provision of timely and complete waste data, and that while some authorities were doing well on this, others were not.

“I appreciate that the obligation to provide complete waste data is causing problems for many disposal authorities in two tier areas. The Government is exploring changes to legislation to require collection authorities to provide waste data for LATS,” he added.

Bradshaw also said Central Government was “well aware” of the pressure authorities faced in responding to challenging waste targets with limited budgets. He said a joint review of waste funding would consider the spending pressures local government faced for waste management over the next spending review period, and look for ways to help.

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