A local Councillor is claiming residents of North West Leicestershire have been hit harder than most by County Council cuts. Recent cuts to recycling credits by County Hall will cost North West Leicestershire District Council up to £850,000 a year.
Labour Party Councillor Nick Clarke said; "Because the residents of this district together with the local Council separate their paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, steel and and aluminium and sell it direct to reprocessors far more income is generated from that sale than other District and Borough Councils, who do not separate recycling."
Nick, who raised this matter at the full Council meeting of NWLeics District Council on Tuesday 8th November, went on to say; "it isn't fair that people of North West Leicestershire who have been more innovative than most with their recyclable waste will lose out more than others. Innovation should be rewarded not punished."
It is expected that North West Leicestershire District Council will raise nearly £500,000 form selling dry recyclable waste this year. This income will be lost, together with the loss of recycling credit payments of nearly £350,000 when the cuts are implemented in 2018.
Sue McKendrick Labour Group leader at NWLeics District Council added; "Ultimately local people will pay the price for these short sighted cuts by seeing possible increases in charges and a reduced waste collection service. It should be remembered that the County Council increased their Council Tax by almost 4% this year, so we are paying more but getting less for our money."