Today we have seen the Environment Agency publish a new charging scheme. This covers regulatory permits and services they say will result in businesses covering the relevant costs as opposed to the public.
The agency has said the new pricing structure will look to ensure “higher-risk or poor-performing businesses” will be charged more. The charges were announced following a consultation which ran from November 2017. After launching a consultation in November 2017 on the changes, the EA confirmed yesterday (March 21) that those put forward will all become effective as of 1 April 2018. This excludes changes to the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer responsibility charges, which come into effect in the new compliance year of January 1 2019.