Welsh projects share £1.4m funding from Landfill Disposals Tax
The Welsh Government has revealed a range of environmental projects set to benefit from more than £1 million of funding raised through its Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme (LDTCS), including an outdoor children’s education centre and conservation programmes for endangered species.
The LDTCS is a funding programme managed by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and will award grants to a total of 27 projects across Wales to support community and environmental projects in areas affected by disposals to landfill.
The funding comes from the proceeds of the new Welsh Landfill Disposals Tax (LDT), which replaced the UK Landfill Tax in Wales in April 2018. The LDT taxes the disposal of waste to landfill and is charged by weight, with three different rates: a standard rate, a higher rate for unauthorised disposals and a lower rate for inert waste.
In what is the first case of a Welsh funding scheme drawing directly on revenues from the LDT, successful projects focusing on the environment, wildlife, reuse, biodiversity and waste management under the LDTCS will receive funding of between £5,000 and £50,000 each from a pot of £1.4 million.
Projects that will benefit include:
- Pembrokeshire Remakery: £49,900 will go towards a community project aiming to re-educate the community in repair and mend and to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
- Betws Family Centre in Carmarthenshire: More than £8,000 will go towards a project to enhance an outdoor space so parents and children can be more physically active and gain skills in gardening and growing their own food.
- Ysgol Y Lawnt in Caerphilly: £10,600 will support a project to transform the school grounds from overgrown and unused scrubby woodland to a space used for education and outdoor activities, to improve the wellbeing of the pupils and biodiversity.
- Menter Mon in Anglesey: £49,900 of funding will support a project that seeks to respond to the threat the American Mink poses to biodiversity on Anglesey. Without intervention, this non-native predator could lead to the extinction of water voles and wading birds on the island.
- The Vincent Wildlife Trust in North Wales: £49,900 will go towards a project to engage with local communities and train new volunteers to ensure the recovering population of native pine martens survives in the long term.
Applications for a second round of funding for projects starting in April 2019 have recently closed. However, two rounds of funding will take place each year the scheme operates, with opportunities to apply in the spring and autumn. The second round of funding included a call for a nationally significant project costing between £50,000 and £250,000.
Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, praised the funding and said it would have a number of wider environmental benefits: “I’m delighted the establishment of Landfill Disposals Tax has led to 27 projects benefiting from more than £1 million through our new Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme.
“These projects will have far reaching benefits to communities, the environment and wildlife that will continue for generations to come.”
Minister for Finance and Trefnydd (effectively Leader of the House), Rebecca Evans, added: “With the challenges of Brexit it is more important than ever that we utilise every opportunity we have to award funding to viable projects that will benefit the wider population. I’d like to wish the best of luck to everyone applying for the next round.”
Ruth Marks, WCVA’s Chief Executive, commented: “The successful grant applicants represent a really exciting range of projects from across Wales. From taking action to improve local community facilities, enhancing the natural environment and promoting waste minimisation, these projects will have a great impact in Wales.
“The first round generated a great deal of interest and WCVA is pleased to be working with Welsh Government and our County Voluntary Council partners to deliver this scheme.”