Published date: 23 January 2023

No action on NLWA, confirms Secretary of State

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has confirmed that it will take no action in response to arguments that Government should take an interest in the operation of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA).

NLWA serves two million residents across seven north London boroughs. It is responsible for dealing with household recycling and bin-bag waste. NLWA is a local authority comprising two councillors from each of its constituent boroughs.

Martin Capstick, NLWA’s Managing Director received the news via email and letter

The Department’s decision follows a request by the Rt Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP to the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, to check whether NLWA was complying with its duties as a ‘best value authority’. NLWA officers met Departmental officials prior to the letter being sent confirming that no Government action will be taken.

Martin Capstick said: “NLWA is careful to follow its statutory responsibilities and comply with its statutory duties. This letter confirms that to be the case. I have thanked Government officials for the time they have spent on this issue and for the considered way in which they approached the task. The Authority always considered the evidence pointed clearly to this conclusion. The Authority team will continue to take forward its plans as approved by our Councillor Members to serve the residents of north London.”