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Cuts in council spending won't necessarily mean cuts in recycling

Projected budget cuts in council spending, highlighted in a recent BBC survey, will not necessarily affect waste and recycling services.

The BBC survey on the future of council spending, published on Monday, highlighted the estimated percentage cuts in services local authorities expect to face over the next three to five years.

However, an investigation by MRW has found that some of the councils featured in the survey are not actually planning to make such cuts and, even if budget cuts do happen, they do not want these to impact on waste services.

Herefordshire County Council was cited in the survey as estimating it would cut services by 20-25% over the next three to five years.

A statement released by Herefordshire Council said: The councils finance department was asked, as part of the national survey, what is expected to be the overall reduction in spending in public services in real terms, over the next five years, as a result of government budgetary plans.

This does not mean the council has discussed or agreed cuts of this nature.

Herefordshire Council is committed to providing effective recycling and waste management services and has in the current financial year invested strongly in introducing wheeled bins for recycling.

Similarly Lincolnshire County Council was also keen to point out that, at present, no such cuts to services have been made.

A spokesman said: No discussions have been held on this - the plan is to drive efficiencies to the utmost before needing to address such issues.

All work to date has been on the former agenda, so discussions on the latter would be highly premature. 

As one of the best recycling counties in the country, we remain committed to that. 

"We already have 12 household waste recycling centres across Lincolnshire, are currently preparing construction for a further one and looking at options for additional new sites too.

Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council chief executive Tony Reeve also confirmed it is too early to say what cuts will need to be made.

He said: We will not know the public spending priorities of the government until after the forthcoming general election.

A spokesman from the Local Government Association agreed that although it is likely cuts may need to be made, it is not known at this stage where these are going to be.

He said: When they do come it is going to be up to individual councils to balance the books and it is impossible to try and predict who is going to do what.

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