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LGA calls on chancellor to freeze landfill tax
7 March, 2014 | By Chris Smith
The chancellor has been urged to freeze the landfill tax as part of this month’s budget by council leaders.
Ahead of George Osbourne’s keynote speech on 19 March, the LGA claimed landfill tax had achieved its purpose and warned any increase would punish hard-pressed families.
Mr Osborne was urged to keep landfill tax at its present rate of £72 per tonne and to redistribute revenue to local taxpayers.
The tax, paid by businesses, is set to increase to £80 per tonne in April and the money raised goes into central government funding.
The LGA warned the costs would be passed by on to residents and claimed each household would pay £30 towards landfill tax in 2014-15.
Mike Jones (Con), chair of the LGA’s environment and housing board, said: “Instead of using the receipts from the tax to boost recycling technologies and reward residents for the gains made in recycling levels, the Treasury has held on to receipts. We need a clear indication from the chancellor that this tax will be frozen at its present rate, with the money raised from it returned to taxpayers and invested in growth.”