An English MP has warned of cross-border implications if Scotland’s growing financial independence distorts markets.
Kevan Jones, Labour MP for North Durham, left, raised the issue in a debate in the House of Commons on the Scotland Act. He said Landfill Tax had the possibility of impacting on his constituents if Scottish and English tax policies diverged.
On 1 April, Scotland was granted devolved tax powers including those around landfilling but has so far opted to maintain parity with the level in England (standard rate of £82.60/tonne).
Jones said: “If the Scottish Government chooses to increase landfill tax, there will be a movement of waste across the border into England where people will be paying lower rates of landfill tax.”
He said that England had already suffered since the introduction of the Scottish government’s Zero Waste strategy.
“Some unscrupulous individuals and large companies are collecting separated waste and shipping it across the border into England where the Scottish Government has no jurisdiction.”
Jones appealed to the ruling Scottish National Party to consider the fate of English citizens near the border who could be indirectly affected by landfill or other tax changes.