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Conservatives propose to extend landfill tax escalator

Shadow Environment Secretary Nick Herbert said that a Conservative Government would put a floor under the announced 2013 landfill tax rate up to 2020, to provide the waste industry with the stability to invest for the long-term in alternatives to landfill.

Herbert also told MRW that he would be announcing Conservative waste policy in the next few weeks. He said his announcement on Conservative Party proposals for landfill tax was well received by the waste industry.

Speaking at the Futuresource conference (10 June) Herbert said: In Aprils Budget, the Treasury announced that the landfill tax escalator for the standard rate of landfill tax will be extended up until 2013, meaning that it will rise from its current rate of £40 per tonne to £72 per tonne. But the Government has not set out its plans beyond this date, so future levels of the tax are still uncertain. As George Osborne [Shadow Chancellor] said last year, entrepreneurs and businesses need a long-term framework so that they can provide innovative approaches to waste.

So I can confirm that a future Conservative Government will put a floor under the 2013 level of landfill tax at £72 per tonne until 2020. This will be indexed for inflation from that date. So businesses will have certainty for the next decade. We are sending a strong message to companies and councils that innovative approaches such as the Recyclebank trial that is currently taking place in Windsor and Maidenhead can be developed with confidence.


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