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MPs Slam Rubbish Charging Pilots

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Slam Rubbish Charging Pilots

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Government plans to pilot refuse collection charging schemes are a 'messy compromise', according to a highly critical report.

The report Refuse collection: waste reduction pilots, published by the Commons communities and local government select committee on February 21, slammed the government for its 'lack of courage' to let local authorities decide on how rubbish is collected in their area.

Chair Phyllis Starkey said: 'In our earlier report, we criticised the government for making a half-hearted tilt in the direction of charging householders directly for the collection of their rubbish. It has since, in the face of highly negative media coverage, mounted a wholehearted retreat from even the limited policy outlined last May

The committee concluded that the five council pilot schemes given the go-ahead will fail to provide enough evidence to judge whether all authorities should be able to offer refuse charging schemes.

It also criticises the rimescale for the introduction of the schemes, none of which will start until April 2009. They would have 'no discernible effect on local authorities' ability to meet European Union landfill targets before penalties are due'. …

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