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Specialist support continues for local authorities

Local authorities were told that continued specialist support would be available to them through the Direct Consultancy Support scheme last week.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) minister for waste Ben Bradshaw, wrote to all councils to confirm that funding would be available until 2007/08.

The funds will come through Defra’s Waste Implementation Programme (WIP), which aims to divert more waste from landfill. Up to £50,000 a year will be available for county and district council partnerships projects, for specialist support for waste planning, waste strategy development, procurement, and waste procurement analysis. And grants of up to £15,000 a year will be available for unitary authorities.

WIP head of local authority support John Enright said: “WIP is focused on providing empowerment to help local authorities deliver improved services and meet their targets, as well as ensure that waste is a real priority in local policy.

“Almost 95% of local authorities have at some stage received support, and the feedback we have received from those is that it has made a big impact on their performance…if we are to meet our challenging waste targets then local authorities must take advantage of programmes like this.”

WIP is looking for applications to fund ‘time-critical’ projects that need to start by May 2006. Separate funding will then be available in October 2006.

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