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MPs to probe waste strategy impact on councils

A parliamentary inquiry has been launched into the implications for local authorities of the Government’s resources and waste strategy.

The housing, communities and local government committee wants evidence submitted by 26 April on the financial implications for councils of the strategy’s proposals for increased standards for waste management.

It will also consider whether a standardised approach to waste services is necessary, and the case for allowing a degree of local flexibility, and investigate how working between layers of local government responsible for waste can be improved.

Topics for examination will also include the strategy’s effects on recycling rates, its impact on existing contracts.

Committee chair, Labour MP Clive Betts, said: “It is important that there is a comprehensive strategy to increase the levels of recycling.

“But ahead of placing greater responsibilities on local authorities we must first look at their ability to meet them. With budgets shrinking, and acute challenges elsewhere, is there capacity to tackle increased demands on waste services?”

A committee spokesman said it expected to start hearing evidence in the early summer and would invite witnesses from Defra and others from among those who submit written evidence.

Submissions to the committee can be made here.


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