Minister tells councils not to depend on fine income

By Dan Peters | 22 June 2022

Councils should not be depending on income from litter fines when drawing up their future budgets, a minister has suggested.

The intervention from Jo Churchill, a minister in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, came after she was made aware of ‘worrying reports’ that suggested some councils were using private litter enforcement contractors who were incentivised on the level of fines issued.

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