Helen Goodman, Labour MP for Bishop Auckland, tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) to protect the way that Landfill Community Funds are dealt with.
“Landfill operators rightly pay into community funds so that they give back to the local areas they work within. This fund has operated since 1997 and has channelled millions of pounds into good causes, including nature conservation and youth projects. The government has proposed changes to the way the LCF works which both landfill operators and charities think would be very damaging.
“I am tabling this EDM to show my support for this fund and raise awareness that it is under threat. It calls for the government to acknowledge that they are courting disaster and to reconsider their plans. I hope they will.
Helen’s Early Day Motion Landfill Communities Fund structure reads:
That this House recognises the positive impact that the Landfill Communities Fund has on local communities; recognises that the LCF funds important projects such as nature conservation and youth volunteering; notes that landfill operators and the charitable organisations benefiting from the LCF are happy with its current structure which leads to the timely release of funds, and do not wish the structure to change; and recognises that proposals to end the Contributory Third Party (CTP) arrangement is likely to lead to landfill operators withdrawing from the voluntary LCF schemes leading to a loss of funds for community projects.
In Bishop Auckland constituency, Suez/SITA have put £249,185 into projects since 1997, including the North Pennines AONB Partnership; the RSPB Land for Lapwings project; and Hamsterley Trailblazers youth volunteering. Suez/SITA predict up to £39m of community investment could be lost across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2016/17 if this change goes ahead.