Asked about the possibility of there being a bin tax, the PMS replied that the Government’s response had not changed since he was last asked about it on Thursday. It was a complex issue, there were lots of difficult issues that needed to be considered, it was important to strike the right balance. That was why the Government had announced yesterday that there would be some pilot schemes, looking at ways in which local authorities can introduce incentives for household waste minimisation.
Put that the Prime Minister had vetoed the idea, the PMS replied that last Thursday he had said that it was a very complex issue and would need to be considered carefully. This was at a time when it was being put to the Government that they were on the point of announcing a national charge for people putting their rubbish out. What was announced yesterday was that there would be a power introduced for some local authorities to pilot schemes in order to improver incentives for household waste minimisation.
Asked if the Government would decide on which local authorities could carry out the pilot schemes, the PMS replied that it would be up for local authorities to come forward with specific proposals, but exactly how this would be taken forward would be made clear in further announcements.
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