25 Oct 2012
A new landfill tax which will make owners pay 10 per cent more is to be introduced by the Scottish Government.
Finance secretary John Swinney said the increased cash would result in more money going back to the community.
But the Scottish Conservatives have raised concerns that it will hurt businesses and encourage fly-tipping.
The consultation on the proposal will run until 2013, and has been made possible as part of the 2012 Scotland Act.
Scottish Conservative rural affairs spokesman Alex Fergusson MSP said:
“I have concerns about the introduction of yet another new tax on businesses.
“It would not be the first time the SNP has introduced a cash-grab without thinking of the wider ramifications.
“This tax could serve to encourage the disposal of waste by other – possibly unlawful – means as a way of avoidance.
“And while I welcome the concept of a community fund, the devil of this will very much be in the detail, and we will study the eventual proposal with considerable interest.”
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