Regulator reports on use of landfill funds

Entrust, the regulator of tax credit scheme the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), has enrolled 153 new environmental organisations and registered 2,892 new projects over the past year.

The fund enables landfill operators to contribute money towards environmental and community projects in the vicinity of landfill sites and depots. This includes work in public parks and amenities, biodiversity conservation projects and the restoration of culturally important buildings.

In its annual report, Entrust chief executive Christopher Welford said the organisation has also been supporting HMRC on the Government's reform agenda, which is focused on reducing the amount of unspent LCF funds.

The Government set up a working group along with Entrust and those organisations that contribute to and complete projects using LCF contributions. These groups include the National Trust and the RSPB.

A consultation on reforms, including setting a requirement for funds to be spent within a set period of time and capping environmental bodies' administrative costs, closed in June.

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