Landfill Tax

Treasury written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the landfill tax escalator on (a) local authorities' costs of dealing with waste, (b) frequency of waste collections and (c) council tax bills.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury)

There is no net effect on the total cost to local authorities as a whole of increases in the standard rate of landfill tax above 15 per tonne. Provision has been made in the increases in the total revenue support grant for local authorities for the estimated additional revenue.

The impact on the costs of individual local authorities, and so on council tax bills, will depend on the extent of the use of landfill by the authority.

It is for local authorities to determine the nature and frequency of their waste collection service within the legal framework and taking account of local circumstances. Cost will be one consideration in such decisions.

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