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LWaRB funding cut by Defra

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB) has agreed to a funding reduction of £11.1m but has said it remains committed to delivering “real” recycling infrastructure for London.

The reduction comes as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has reduced its contribution to the current round of LWaRB funding from £60m to £48.9m.

As a result of this, LWaRB’s funding pot has been reduced from £84m to £73.4m. This includes the £24m given to LWaRB by the London Development Agency (LDA) as well as an additional £0.5m which came from the liquidation proceeds of London Waste Action.

In response to this funding reduction, LWaRB has altered the allocation of its funds, resulting in some projects having their contribution reduced, outlined in an amendment to the current Business Plan.

  • LWaRB agreed to provide £12m of support towards an £80 million gasifier in East London, to be delivered by Biossence. This funding has now been reduced by £3.1m to bring LWaRB’s funding contribution to £8.9m.
  • LWaRB’s contribution to the Recycle for London campaign will now be £5m rather than £6.5m, which will focus on regional level communications.
  • LWaRB awarded £8m of funding to the London Community Resource Network to set up a reuse network across London. £4m of this will be available from the current £73.4m fund to kick start the network, with the remaining £4m to follow through future cash flows to LWaRB.

The remaining amount affected by this change was unallocated and does not therefore impact on any existing projects.

Speaking about the reduction LWaRB chair James Cleverly said: “With LWaRB’s current funding shrinking by £10.6 million, we will continue to focus on our efforts on delivering those waste infrastructure projects that will help to close the projected capacity gap in London and deliver the most ‘bang for their buck’.

“We have revised our allocation of funding but our aim to deliver real, on the ground improvements to London’s recycling and waste management remain crystal clear, with no change to our strategic focus or service offerings for this financial year.”

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