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Wales to get own landfill communities fund

Wales is planning a landfill communities fund supported by the proceeds of its own landfill tax regime.

From April 2018, the new Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme will replace the UK’s Landfill Communities Fund, finance secretary Mark Drakeford has confirmed.

The scheme, to support biodiversity, waste minimisation and other environmental projects, will provide grants of between £5,000 and £50,000, including the possibility of supporting one large project of more than £50,000 each year.

It is anticipated that applications for the scheme will be considered from communities living within five miles of a landfill site or a waste transfer station sending at least 2,000 tonnes of waste a year to landfill.

These criteria will include areas not currently eligible for funding, although a decision about the level of revenue allocated to the scheme will not be taken until nearer the changover.

A single distributive body will run the scheme under Welsh Government governance. The procurement process to appoint the new organisation is expected in the spring.

Drakeford said: “The changes we are introducing will minimise the administrative costs involved. More importantly, the new grant scheme will maximise the amount of funding reaching community projects and help improve our environment.”

There are 25 landfill sites in Wales, managed by 20 operators. The Office for Budgetary Responsibility forecasts that the landfill disposals tax in Wales will generate £27m in 2018-19.

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