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LGA criticises landfill tax increase

The Local Government Association (LGA) has expressed its shock at the increase in landfill tax announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown in the Budget.

From April 1 2008 until 2010-11, landfill tax will escalate each year by £8 per tonne instead of the current £3 per tonne. The increase from April 1 2007 by £3 to £24 per tonne will be the last using the current escalator. (click here to read story)

LGA chairman Sandy Bruce-Lockhart said: The collection and disposal of rubbish is one of the key financial pressures facing local councils as the amount of waste generated is increasing year on year. The £8/tonne landfill tax hike will push up further the cost of sending waste to landfill and become an additional cost to council tax payers.

It is essential that the Comprehensive Spending Review [later in the year] provides councils with the money needed to manage waste against the ever increasing cost of disposal, be that landfill or recycling.

He also called for local authorities to be given new power to create incentives for people to recycle or otherwise councils will be locked into an environmentally unfriendly way of disposing waste and will face a triple whammy of higher costs, higher landfill tax and fines.

He added: Councils want an ever better deal for taxpayers but the Government isnt giving authorities additional money to meet European Union legislation and this places mounting pressure on the council tax payer.

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