Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Labour, Barnsley East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the powers of local councils to prevent fly-tipping.

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

The Government is committed to tackling fly-tipping on a number of fronts. We work closely with local authorities and the Local Government Association is a member of the Defra chaired National Fly-tipping Prevention Group (NFTPG). Local authorities and the Environment Agency have a full range of enforcement powers to tackle fly-tipping which have recently been strengthened. Following consultation in 2016 we gave local authorities the power to issue fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping, and enhanced their ability to search and seize vehicles of suspected fly-tippers. It is the responsibility of local authorities to use the powers available to them. The NFTPG has published guidance which sets out clearly the powers available to local authorities and other partners when tackling fly-tipping.

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