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Software makes LATS calculations easier

Capita Symonds has developed a Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) software model to help local authorities manage strategy and LATS.

The program is still at the development stage but the designers said there has already been interest and that they have been getting feedback on their work so far.

The model calculates whether there is likely to be a LATS surplus or deficit, from this it is possible to estimate whether to buy or sell LATS.

Some local authorities already have similar analysis programs but Capita Symonds said that these can be complicated and do not always show what effect changes will have on LATS.

Principal consultant Andrew Herbert said: The program aims to try and show people the reality of what technology changes will be on their trading and helps find practical policy solutions.

It is also very good for Private Finance Initiative risk assessment.

Although the product is not currently being sold, the company said it was willing to discuss the software with local authorities.

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