Currently ring fenced Scottish Strategic Waste Fund money will no longer be protected if the Scottish Governments proposed budget is approved. A Scottish Government waste spokesman explained the principle behind the move: The change will allow local authorities (LAs) to make the best use of resources on the ground. They know the best way to spend the money in their area. Removing the ring fence will enable more flexibility in budgets and LAs know that they have recycling and waste reduction targets to meet.
He added that the stage one voting on the budget had only just happened (January 23 2008) and said that the final vote is expected some time next month.
Cash from the fund will be transferred to the general local government settlement. The Scottish Government will retain a Zero Waste Fund of £41.1 million for 2008/09, £54.4 million for 2009/10 and £58.7 million for 2010/11. Resources for the community recycling projects will be drawn from this budget. The Scottish Government is working with the Community Recycling Network for Scotland on the arrangements for the community recycling scheme.