Getting ready for your 2019/2020 Statutory Annual Return (Form 4)

3 Feb 2020

As an Environmental Body (EB) enrolled with us it is a statutory requirement that you submit a Statutory Annual Return (Form 4) by 28 April 2020.

Please note that all enrolled EBs are required to complete an Annual Return even if they have not spent or received any Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) money during the reporting period (this is known as a 'nil return') or if the EB plans to revoke from the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). A 'nil' return takes less than five minutes to complete, as all you are required to do, is login to ENTRUST Online (EOL), go to the 'Annual Return' tab, select your name from the drop down menu, and then press the 'reconcile and submit' button.

The Annual Return covers the period of 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. Whilst 28 April 2020 is the deadline, you do not need to wait until then to complete your Annual Return if your LCF activity for the year 2019/2020 has been completed.

If you hold or have received LCF funds within the reporting period, to complete your Statutory Annual Return (Form 4), or to help you prepare for compleing it, here is an overview of the information you will need to correctly complete the form.

In the first instance you will need to review each of your approved projects, looking at the project start and end dates, and ensure that any project expenditure falls between those dates. If it does not, you will need to contact the Registrations Team to arrange an extension to your project end date. If you fail to apply for an extension, then any project expenditure outside of the start and end date will be a breach and that expenditure will be non-compliant. You can read more information on our project registration page.

Once you have reviewed your projects and been granted any necessary extension requests, you will need the following information to complete your Annual Return:

  • The value of LCF monies held and received during the period; and
  • The value and details of LCF expenditure during the period, including a cost breakdown for each project.

The Statutory Annual Return (Form 4) can be quickly and easily completed through EOL, our online database which will pre-populate many of the fields for you, with the information we already hold.

In October 2018 we informed EBs that in 2018/2019 we would move to the final year of the implementation period of our 100 per cent move to e-Delivery, with the removal of the paper form for the Statutory Annual Return (Form 4) on 1 April 2019. Following this, there is no paper form option available for the 2019/2020 Annual Return. If you have difficulty completing forms online please contact our Helpline on 01926 488 300 and we will assist you.

If you have already registered for EOL and have forgotten your password please go to EOL, enter your email address and click on the forgotten password link, which will email you with instructions on how to login. If you would like to register to access EOL please call us on 01926 488 300 or email

If you would like any further information about the Statutory Annual Return (Form 4) please contact our Helpline on 01926 488 300.