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New powers are in force enabling councils to levy on-the-spot fines of up to £400 for fly-tippers who make residents' lives hell and cost taxpayers millions of pounds.
From May, on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices can be issued by council enforcement officers to help tackle small-scale fly-tipping, such as dumping items such as pieces of broken furniture, old televisions and mattresses. The problem is with staff cutbacks, few if any of these fines will ever be levied.
The token move comes as the cost of clearing up fly-tipping in England has hit nearly £50 million, with councils collectively having to deal with almost 900,000 incidents a year.
Figures incidents has risen by almost 6 per cent for 2014/15 compared with the previous year, the clear-up costs increased by 11 per cent, which suggests council officers have lost control of contract negotiation skills.
Over half a million enforcement actions annually, currently cost almost £18 million. Councils are mandated to use enforcement powers proportionately and take different approaches to "raise awareness and change culture."