Local authorities will have their torturous wait for information ended in late November when the Government makes an announcement on the Performance Reward Grant.
MRW has learned that Environment Minister Elliot Morley has pencilled in an announcement on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs plans for the Performance Reward Grant at the end of next month.
Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee chairman Andy Doran said: Like all these things, the sooner the better. It is a question of allowing local authorities to plan ahead and convince councillors that the funding streams for waste are in place.
Chancellor Gordon Brown originally announced in the April 2003 Budget that the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund would be reformed into a waste management performance fund.
In August 2003, Elliot Morley said that the new Performance Reward Grant would be introduced in 2005/6 with £45 million available for the first year operating in parallel with the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund. It will rise to £105m in 2006/7 and £110m in 2007/8.
A consultation on the plans finished at the end of March this year, and local authorities have been waiting since then to see what the final plans will mean for their waste collection and recycling operations.