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Industry and Government in talks over landfill tax

Representatives from the waste industry will meet Government officials to discuss concerns about the application of the landfill tax.

At the centre of discussions on 29 January will be how the £2.50 per tonne tax rate can be applied to certain materials, such as trommel fines.

The Environmental Services Association, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the United Resource Operators Confederation (UROC) will join officials from the Treasury, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Environment Agency in a working group on the matter.

The group met initially on 5 November after the waste industry raised concerns about a draft guidance of the lower rate, which HMRC submitted for an informal consultation in September 2013. HMRC had said it aimed at publishing a final version of the guidance on 11 November, but postponed it as a result of the “number and the nature” of responses it had received during the consultation.

Gary Ellison, UROC director, said: “We have engaged with our members in the skip hire and waste transfer sector, and a number of suggestions have been presented in response to a call for information on how best to tackle the landfill tax matter.

“UROC hopes to build on the positive dialogue already entered into with other key stakeholders and the Government. Various action points will be addressed in order to take this matter forward.”

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