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Domestic Waste

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department issues (a) guidance and (b) instructions to local authorities on the monitoring of household waste for items relevant to community cohesion monitoring exercises. (252302)

‘Guidance for Local Authorities on Community Cohesion Contingency Planning and Tension Monitoring’, published on 6 May 2008, sets a framework which local authorities can use to monitor local issues that may lead to local community tensions and to put plans into operation if a problem is identified. This guidance does not make specific mention of the monitoring of household waste. It is up to each local authority to determine the scope of their tension monitoring and contingency planning. All contributors to the tension monitoring process are required to adhere to the principles of data collection set out in the Data Protection Act 1998. Each organisation that makes a contribution to tension monitoring should have local information sharing protocols in place.