Urgent call for comment on key Landfill Communites Fund reform

Consultation closes shortly on the government's proposed reforms to the Landfill Communities Fund.

The LCF is a tax credit scheme enabling operators of landfill sites to contribute money to environmental bodies (EBs), and to work together with those bodies on projects that benefit communities living near landfills.

It is an important source of funding for parks, with 77 per cent of the 2013-14 spend going towards public parks and amenities.

However by 2011 environmental bodies had accumulated £152m of unspent funds - more than double the fund's annual income.

After challenges to the sector to reduce the amount of unspent funds, in 2014 the government put its foot down. In the 2014 Autumn Statement it announced it would set up a working group to reform the fund, to ensure the money reached communities quickly and represented good value for the taxpayer. Proposed reforms include:

Insisting EBs spend the money within 18 months of receiving it;

Capping how much of the funds can go on EBs' administrative costs;

Requiring EBs to be licensed to received LCF funds directly.

The consultation document are available at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/ reform-of-the-landfill-communities-fund. Consultation closes on 10 June.

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