In July this year, the Environment, Housing and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel undertook a review of the proposals, which were brought forward by the Minister for Infrastructure, to introduce charges for liquid waste. It was also the Panel’s intention to review the proposals for solid waste charges when they were finalised and lodged with the States Assembly.
However, due to a number of concerns raised by States Members during the debate on the liquid waste proposals, the States Assembly agreed to refer the Proposition back to the Minister for Infrastructure for further consideration.
The Panel has since been advised that, going forward, the proposals to introduce liquid and
solid waste charges will be led by the Minister for Treasury and Resources. The Chief Minister said:
“It seems reasonable that it will move to the Treasury Department because it is an income raising
measure, but they must work together in order to do that. There is a current conversation
which is ongoing about when that might be and what form consultation at this point may need
to take and, therefore, what the timescale will be.”
The Draft Budget Statement 2018 has since confirmed that the introduction of liquid waste charges has in any event been deferred until 2019 and that a decision on both the non-domestic liquid and solid waste charges will be made during 2018.
The Panel’s report recommended that the introduction of the proposed charges should be delayed to enable an open consultation to take place. This recommendation resulted from the Panel’s finding that the Minister for Infrastructure had not undertaken a full consultation with key stakeholders on the details of the proposed waste charges.
Whilst the Panel is pleased that the proposals are to be given further consideration by the Council of Ministers and that a full consultation will now be undertaken, it is disappointed that this work was not carried in the first instance. As far as the Panel is aware, it is possible that the consultation may not be completed during the term of the present Assembly.
Although the introduction of waste charges will now be led by the Treasury and Resources Department, it is still the intention of the Panel to keep abreast of any matters that arise in regards to the proposals and of any work that is undertaken by the Treasury Department before the end of this political term.
The Panel made 12 recommendations from its review of the proposed waste charges and will ensure that the Minister for Treasury and Resources takes these into consideration when developing revised proposals for both liquid and solid waste.