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Majority of LAAs prioritise waste service improvement

Improving waste services has been made a priority by 83% of local areas under the Governments new Local Area Agreements (LAAs) for England, which were finalised this week.

The LAAs set out priorities to be tackled on an area-by-area basis over the next three years. Priorities for each LAA were negotiated between the local council, public service providers such as the police, NHS, Job Centre Plus, charities and community organisations, and central Government.

Indicators set by Government will enable areas to assess improvements as well as being tracked by independent auditors. Other areas prioritised in LAAs include having cleaner streets, improving household waste reuse and recycling and composting.

Figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that 83% of areas pledged to improve municipal waste managed, while with 45% of areas committed to increasing the reuse, recycling and composting of household waste. A quarter of the areas agreed to reduce the amount of waste that is not reused, recycled or composted from households.

Under LAAs local authorities must devote resources, time and effort to achieving improvements and councils will be awarded extra money based on their performance against these priorities.
Results will be published to identify where improvement is needed. Local authorities and service providers can also be held to account by local people.

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