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OBR: Scottish landfill ban will lead to £70 million tax boon for England

A ban on household waste going to landfill in Scotland will see the SNP government losing £70 million of tax revenue annually to England 

A ban on household waste going to landfill in Scotland will see the SNP government losing £70 million of tax revenue annually to England after the rubbish is buried south of the Border, according to official forecasts.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the vast majority of the waste buried in Scotland is expected to be diverted to "English incinerators and landfill sites" after the ban’s introduction.

In a report published alongside the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, it predicted that this would mean around £70 million of landfill taxes a year will be "diverted from the Scottish to the UK Government."

Landfill tax is an environmental levy, devolved to Scotland, which is paid by…

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