HC Deb 19 December 2003 vol 416 cc169-70W
Sue Doughty

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the waste management sector-related payments, subsidies and grants provided by the Government to(a) local authorities and (b) nongovernmental organisations in each of the last five years. [144911]

John Healey

The information is as follows:

(a) Funding to local authorities

Funding recipient 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 Total
Community Recycling Network 59,400 59,400 85,450 200,000 219,250 623,500
Composting Association 0 0 0 84,000 93,750 177,750
Recycling Consortium 0 0 0 30,750 32,125 62,875
Waste Watch 99,000 110,000 198,000 200,000 232,934 839,934
National Waste Awareness Initiative 59,400 55,483 51,388 200,000 237,072 603,343
Miscellaneous "Regional Environmental Action Fund" Grants1 259,599 382,274 135,658 57,808 835,339
Total 477,399 607,157 470,496 772,558 815,131 3,142,741
1 The regional element of the EAF was wound down in 2002–03. Regional EAF grants were of lower monetary value (starting from £3,500) and individual recipients are not listed.

Local authorities" waste management responsibilities are funded through Revenue Support Grant, which includes support in respect of new burdens in the waste area. This is a general grant, on the basis of which local authorities are free to invest according to local spending priorities. Local government grant has increased by 30 per cent. in real terms since 1997. Local authorities" spending by area is detailed in table 3.5a of the 2003 edition of Local Government Finance Statistics England, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.

The following table lists additional grants to local authorities introduced in 2002–03 related to waste management activities.

£ million
Source of funding 2002–03 2003–04
Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund 50 114
PF1 credits 100 100

(b) Funding to Non-Governmental Organisations

The following table gives details of grants from the Environmental Action Fund since 1999 for projects with a clear waste priority. Information is not available for funding to grant recipients for wider-ranging activities which have had a waste-related component.

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