Litter fines increase following Defra consultation

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The changes will come in from April 2018

Maximum litter fines are to almost double to £150 from April next year following a Defra consultation.

Councils will also be able to impose these fines on the owners of vehicles from which litter is thrown, even if it was discarded by someone else.

To make sure fines are not abused as a means of raising money by councils, guidance on how the fines should be applied will also be issued.

Thérèse Coffey, environment minister, said: “These new fines will make sure the perpetrators, not the local community, bear the cost of keeping our streets and roads clean.”

Minimum fines will increase from £50 to £65 and standard fines will increase £75 to £100.

Cleaning up the streets and countryside currently costs £800 million a year.

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