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£20M TARGETED RECYCLING GRANT TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES

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Environment minister Elliot Morley announced today that Defra would ...
Environment minister Elliot Morley announced today that Defra would

be making available a£20m targeted grant to help local authorities

recycle rubbish in 2004/05.

Mr Morley said:

'This grant fulfils the commitment Defra made in the local government

finance statement on 19 November, to 'reduce spending pressures on

local government by some£25-35m in the waste area next year'. We

announced at that time that we would delay the start of the Landfill

Allowance Trading Scheme by one year to 2005. We expect local

authorities to be able to save around£10m overall if they decide to

defer investment in waste management options that divert waste from

landfill.

'Our aim in distributing the grant is to ensure that it addresses the

pressure each local authority faces to invest in its waste management

services next year, and in particular to meet its Statutory

Performance Standard for recycling and composting in 2005/06.

'A share of the targeted grant will be distributed to each local

authority with waste responsibilities in England. The grant to each

authority will be calculated using a simplified version of the

environmental, protective and cultural services formula tailored to

reflect need to spend on waste, depending on factors like population

density and size of area.'

* An explanation of the formula, and a list setting out the grant

payable to each authority, is available on the Defra website.

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