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Wales gains control over landfill tax

Legislation giving the Welsh Government powers to set its own landfill tax from April 2018 has cleared the final hurdle at Westminster.

The measures, included as part of a series of devolved powers in the Wales Bill, will be passed onto the statute books once it receives Royal Assent before the end of the year.

The Treasury confirmed in November 2013 that Wales would be able to set its own landfill tax, but would receive correspondingly less money from the UK Government in the form of block grants.

Following the announcement the Government said landfill operators running sites in both Wales and elsewhere in the UK “may experience an increase in compliance burden as up to three landfill tax returns may be needed”.

Operators of landfill sites in Wales will also no longer be eligible for a UK landfill tax credit

Welsh secretary Stephen Crabb said passing of the Wales Bill at the House of Commons was a “significant step forward on the path towards a lasting devolution settlement”.

Crabb said: “This Government has a strong track record on devolution and by St David’s Day 2015 I will set out how we will move forward.”

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