be making available a£20m targeted grant to help local authorities
recycle rubbish in 2004/05.
'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
'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.