Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today revealed new research showing that councils across England face a shortfall of at least ?27 million per year because of new government regulations on disposing of fridges and freezers. Mr. Lilley has co-sponsored an Early Day Motion calling for the Government to fund Hertfordshire County Council?s shortfall ? which is expected to be almost ?500,000.
Peter Lilley said:
“The Government have bungled the issue of fridge recycling and disposal from the start. By their own admission they signed up to an EU directive without fully understanding its implications. The Government has landed consumers and councils across Hertfordshire with an expensive and unnecessary headache. So I have co-sponsored an Early Day Motion calling for the Government to fund the shortfall in Hertfordshire County Council?s budget for the disposal of refrigerators, which is expected to be almost half a million pounds.
“Our new research, based on a survey of councils covering a third of England, reveals councils? new disposal costs far exceed the amount of Whitehall funding. On top of this, councils also face extra waste collection costs. Local taxpayers across Hertfordshire will end up footing the bill. We see at first hand yet another reason why council taxes are soaring across the country.?