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Changes to SEPA’s charging regime

Until early November, SEPA are consulting on proposals to amend charges from 2018 onwards. This affects permit application and annual subsistence charges paid to SEPA to support our regulatory activities. 

In April 2016 SEPA introduced the Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme. This scheme replaced five existing outdated and inconsistent schemes with a single scheme to be based on risk.  This Scheme was consulted on in 2015 and laid out a number of proposals for implementation in 2016 and 2018.

This latest consultation provides detail on the 2018 proposals, builds in feedback from the previous consultation as well as improvements identified during the first year of operation of the Scheme.

SEPA say that most customer charges will not change significantly, but nevertheless some customer charges will increase and others decrease.

You can find details on all of the proposed changes at:

https://consultation.sepa.org.uk/evidence-and-flooding/charging2018/

 

Checking the impact on charges

SEPA wish charge payers to see the impact of the changes to help them to make informed comments on the proposed scheme and impact of the proposals.  They are therefore writing to SEPA charge payers to bring this consultation to their attention and provide their indicative charges over the next 3 years under the existing and proposed schemes. These can only be indicative charge calculations because the scheme may change as a result of this consultation and updating the data upon which the charges are constructed. Indicative charges do not include RPI changes.

 

Responding to the consultation

Charge payers can respond to the consultation via SEPA’s website. If you wish to discuss the proposed consultation you should contact them initially by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phoning 0300 099 6699.The closing date for the submission of responses is 3 November 2017 following which proposals will be reviewed, responses summarised and the scheme submitted to the Scottish Ministers for final approval.

 

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