Landfill Communities Fund

HM Treasury written question – answered on 28th January 2016.

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Photo of Rebecca Long-Bailey Rebecca Long-Bailey Shadow Minister (Treasury), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from environmental bodies about the future of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Photo of Rebecca Long-Bailey Rebecca Long-Bailey Shadow Minister (Treasury), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.73 of his Department's publication, Reform of the Landfill Communities Fund: Summary of Responses, for what reasons his Department intends to make it mandatory for landfill operators to provide 10 per cent match funding for community projects funded through the Landfill Communities Fund rather than adopting other measures recommended by respondents to the consultation.

Photo of Rebecca Long-Bailey Rebecca Long-Bailey Shadow Minister (Treasury), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Landfill Operators contributed to the Landfill Communities Fund in financial year (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 to date.

Photo of Rebecca Long-Bailey Rebecca Long-Bailey Shadow Minister (Treasury), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many respondents to his Department's consultation, Reform of the Landfill Communities Fund, suggested making it mandatory for Landfill Operators to provide the 10 per cent match funding usually provided by a contributing third party.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is a tax credit scheme into which landfill operators contribute voluntarily. Since its introduction in 1996, the LCF has contributed over £1.4bn to community projects in areas affected by a local landfill site. However, as the LCF is a tax credit scheme, it reduces the government’s tax revenues. We therefore have an ongoing responsibility to seek value for money for the taxpayer.

Autumn Statement 2015 announced changes to the Landfill Communities Fund. These changes were set out following consultation by HMRC on reforms to the fund. A summary of consultation responses, including those raising concerns about the Contributory Third Party (CTP) payment, can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reform-of-the-landfill-communities-fund

The government has received representations on the LCF reforms. We are taking views into consideration and our priority is to ensure that the Fund operates effectively and encourages money to be spent in the communities that need it.

Information on the number of landfill operators contributing to the LCF is not held in the form requested. However, ENTRUST, the fund regulator, has published data on contributions to environmental bodies. This is available at:

http://www.entrust.org.uk/landfill-community-fund/statistics/

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