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20% being added to Bucks tip charges

The VAT is being added on top of existing fees for non-domestic waste.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:50am 10th July 2020. 2-minute read.

20% being added to Bucks tip charges

Getting rid of some rubbish at Buckinghamshire's tips is soon going to cost you more.

The Council has got to start charging VAT on things like kitchen worktops, rubble and tyres and the plan is to add this on top of existing fees.

We asked Councillor Bill Chapple why they can't just make it part of the charges we already have:

"We get around £400,000 a year for charging for non-domestic waste.

"If we had to take it out of the money we received, we would suddenly have lost £80,000 of that money."

Charges for non-domestic waste were introduced in April 2019, at the same time as Bledlow's household recycling centre was closed and hours reduced at others.

It was all to make up a gap in funding for the former Bucks County Council.

Household Waste Site / Rubbish / Tip

VAT wasn't introduced because there was 'conflicting advice'.

Then earlier this year, the new council had a letter from the government, asking for the tax to be added.

Bill added:

"We haven't put any of the charges up for inflation or anything like that, we have kept them at the same rate as they were when introduced.

"But what we have had to do is put the 20% on top which will go to the government.

"We won't get the money, it goes to them."

The council is facing a loss of at least £290k because of coronavirus and the closure of sites for seven weeks.

Cllr. Chapple told us they can't keep dipping into reserve cash to balance the books, so this increase is necessary.

The changes will come into force from 1st August, with new signage at all household waste sites.

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