Legislation Tuesday 18 February 2020
13 February 2020

George Eustice named Environment Secretary

George Eustice has been named as Environment Secretary as part of Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle today. Replacing Theresa Villiers, Mr Eustice will make the step up from his previous role as minister of state for Agriculture...


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10 February 2020

Defra vows to back councils on food collections


Defra has today (10 February) said it will “work closely” with local authorities to fulfil the government’s commitment to roll out separate household food waste collection across England by 2023. The promise follows calls ...

7 February 2020

Scottish government proposes landfill tax increase


In its budget for 2020-21 the Scottish government yesterday (6 February) proposed increasing the standard rate and the lower rate of landfill tax. The standard rate of Scottish landfill tax (SLfT) would be raised from £91.35 to...

3 February 2020

Waste paper fraud sees print directors sentenced


Five company directors from Essex have been sentenced for their part in a £3.1m fraud, that saw each of them pocket hundreds of thousands of pounds which should have been paid in tax. Details of the case have been released by ...

31 January 2020

Environment Bill passes first Parliamentary stage


As the UK leaves the European Union which brought in the Waste Framework Directive from which much of the UK’s waste legislation derives, the Environment Bill has been formally published by the government. Given an automatic ...

30 January 2020

Industry welcomes ‘most of Environment Bill’


The waste management sector has today (January 30) broadly welcomed the reintroduction of an ‘enhanced’ Environment Bill to Parliament. But, concerns have been raised over the impact of powers added to the Bill to enable the ...

30 January 2020

Pow praises recycling role in Environment Bill


Recycling minister Rebecca Pow has hailed the “huge part” that waste and recycling plays within the Environment Bill, which is being laid before parliament today. And, Mrs Pow – whose official title is parliamentary under ...

30 January 2020

Philip Dunne named EAC chair


Conservative MP for Ludlow Philip Dunne has been elected as chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), replacing former Labour MP Mary Creagh. Mr Dunne was one of two candidates to put themselves forward for the role, ...

30 January 2020

‘Enhanced’ Environment Bill returns to Parliament


The Environment Bill will return to Parliament today (30 January) with the government promising that the “ground-breaking bill” will enshrine environmental principles in law. The Bill gives government the power to introduce ...

28 January 2020

Neil Parish returns as EFRA committee chair


Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton Neil Parish has been confirmed as the chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA). Mr Parish was the incumbent chair, having first been elected unopposed in 2015...