Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th April 2017.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support her Department is giving to local authorities to tackle fly tipping.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

As set out in our manifesto, last May we gave local councils the power to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £400 for small-scale fly-tipping as an alternative to more costly prosecutions. In 2015 local authorities’ power to seize and destroy vehicles of those suspected of fly-tipping was enhanced. Local authorities also have a full range of powers available to them under environmental legislation to deal with and investigate fly-tipping incidents and pursue prosecutions which can lead to penalties of up to five years in prison or an unlimited fine.

The Government also works with a wide range of interested parties, including local authorities, through the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group to promote and disseminate guidance and good practice in the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearance of fly-tipped waste. More information is available at:

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