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Essex council calls for more funds

Essex County Council has warned the cost of disposing household waste could double by 2010 and double again by 2025.

It said that the pressures of government legislation and rising house prices could increase the cost of some local government services by 200%.

Essex County Council leader Lord Hanningfield said: “While the retail price index reflects falls in the costs of many basic items, we are battling with rising costs – many of which come directly from central government. The cost of buying a pint of milk is falling, for instance, but the cost of disposing of the carton is rising.”

He said local government was struggling to cope with rising costs, and while it had done a “tremendous” job in efficiency savings, these could not meet the pressures it was facing.

The council has called for income from other local taxes such as business rates and vehicle excise duty to be allocated to local government.

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