Lord de Mauley has praised the work of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) but said that they will not be receiving any extra funding from Defra in 2013/2014.
Former environment minister and chair of LWARB, Richard Tracey met with resources minister Lord de Mauley, who despite being impressed by LWARB’s work told them there was no further 2013/2014 funding.
Tracey (left) said: “He [de Mauley] sees LWARB as a very good model for the rest of the country, and actually that was his main comment. He was certainly very satisfied with what has been achieved so far.”
Charlotte Eddington, head of infrastructure and investment for the board, told the LWARB quarterly board meeting yesterday (31 January): “He [de Mauley] was generally impressed with the type of progress we are making and especially with the efficiencies work that we are doing.
“They have confirmed there is no further funding available for 2013/2014 but we will continue to have dialogue with them about any potential funding for the following spending review period, and keep them updated on our activities”
Matthew Pencharz said he also saw Lord de Mauley and pressed the case of additional funding: “We disappointed to see the application was unsuccessful. We will carry on pushing on this – from the GLA to the Mayor - to get [LWARB] on a sustainable footing.”
The Defra revenue funding to LWARB is £1.5m for 2013/4 and £1.5m for 2014/5 which comes to the board via the GLA.
LWARB’s 2011-2015 business plan outlined support towards “development of innovative waste solutions” and a £4.6m efficiencies programme for local authorities. It also supports the London Re-use Network and delivers Recycle for London communications on issues such as food waste.
A LWARB spokesman said the board had received the first part of a Defra capital funding, provided for the first two years of the spending review period (2011-2013), but they had not received an additional capital settlement for the following two years, which they were invited to apply for.
He added that no current LWARB schemes were dependent on the extra funding.
“I think in terms of future funding, it would be helpful if local councils could make representations to the department, as they need to see us all singing from the same sheet,” Tracey added.
Other comments from the board meeting included:
- It’s a key time in terms of London re-use as it be comes mainstream, and activity spreads to new parts of London and new sectors.
- LWARB has been successful in supporting the Love Food hate Waste campaign, in terms of traffic on the website and social media sites.
- On efficiency, there was disappointment from some of the board that joint procurement, which could create huge savings, was a slow starter, with only small items such as bins being procured jointly. But it was pointed out that it was challenging for councils to do because of waste services contracts.
Update 11 Feb: The original version of this article attributed comments to Bassam Mahfouz, which has been changed to Matthew Pencharz. LWARB funding figures have also been updated.