Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

What a Waste. Pickles Slams Pounds 3.8bn Contract ; Council Hits Back over Rubbish Collection Deal

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

What a Waste. Pickles Slams Pounds 3.8bn Contract ; Council Hits Back over Rubbish Collection Deal

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COMMUNITIES secretary Eric Pickles has attacked Manchester council for its part in a Pounds 3.8bn contract to manage the city's waste.

The Tory cabinet minister claimed the 25-year deal between Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority and Viridor Laing was signed off at double the market rate.

Speaking at the New Local Government Annual Conference, Mr Pickles claimed ratepayers were being hit in the pocket by the 'shoddy deal'.

He said: "In Manchester, their council tax this year is being forced up by a botched PFI deal signed by the unelected waste authority, a 25-year deal which means they are paying double the market rates to dispose of their residual waste. A shoddy deal by a shadowy, unelected body, with no-one taking responsibility, and local taxpayers left with service cuts and higher taxes."

The deal was signed in 2009. Coun Jeff Smith, the council's executive member for finance, said: "Mr Pickles and his government have handed out savage financial settlements. …

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