Responding to the Spring Budget on 8th March 2017, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trusts, Stephanie Hilborne OBE, said:
“We had a close eye on the Budget for any changes that the Chancellor might have made to the Landfill Tax – and the Landfill Communities Fund that flows from it. This Fund is a highly innovative environmental tax credit scheme that provides much needed funds for community and environmental projects across the country.
“We called on the Treasury to use the Spring Budget to increase the amount of vital funds available to local communities and wildlife, by raising the diversion rate (the percentage of landfill tax allocated to the Communities Fund). We are delighted that the Government appear to have recognised the importance of the Fund, and have maintained its overall value through a slight increase in the diversion rate. However, we will continue to press the Government to go further, for the local communities and wildlife that depend on the Fund, in future Budgets.