Therese Coffey – Under-secretary of State at DEFFRA has recently responded to questions from 2 MPs
What assessment she has made of the potential effect of a reduction in local government funding on litter and fly tipping?
What steps her Department is taking to reduce litter and fly tipping?
What estimate she has made of the total cost of clearing litter in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire, (c) the east of England and (d) England since 2010?
The first question was not answered however it is worth noting that:
Over this parliament (4 years) the increase in total funding for local authorities will increase by a under 0.5% !
Since May 2016 councils have had powers to issue fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping
The Government is developing a Litter Strategy for England with the goal of achieving a substantial reduction in litter and littering in England, ensuring that our communities, natural landscape, roads and highways are free of litter.
It will focus on three key themes: education and awareness; improving enforcement; and better cleansing and litter infrastructure. These will be backed up by specific actions under each objective.
30th January 2017