In a major victory for the Conservative Party campaign against new bin taxes, Labour Ministers were today humiliated into admitting that no councils have bid to become a pilot to introduce the new taxes. Today was the deadline for councils to bid to become the first to introduce them. The Government had planned to introduce the taxes in five councils, before rolling out the taxes nationwide without any vote in Parliament.
Environment Minister Jane Kennedy has today admitted: "No local authorities have expressed an interest in piloting a scheme at this time" (Press Association, 21.01.09). Conservatives are demanding that the specific bin tax legislation, which received Royal Assent in November, is repealed to kill off the taxes completely. The Party has consistently campaigned against the new taxes since Labour first floated the plans. Liberal Democrats supported Labour’s bin tax plans.