Plastic Waste

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:30 pm on 8th September 2021.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education) 4:30 pm, 8th September 2021

Like me, the hon. Member was, and presumably still is, a councillor. Between 2010, when I was a councillor in Camden, and the start of the pandemic, there were £16 billion-worth of cuts to local government, and the Environment Agency saw its Government funding slashed by nearly two thirds. The direct result of that underfunding is that councils have struggled to deal with plastic waste effectively, and there has not been enough monitoring and enforcement of the rules. As a fellow Member of Parliament and a current councillor, does the hon. Member agree that reducing plastic waste relies on local councils and bodies such as the Environment Agency having the resources that they need to do so?