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Single Use Carrier Bag Charge changes in England no longer coming into force as expected

27 Apr 2021

Defra has just confirmed that the amendments to the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 will not be coming into force on 30th April 2021 as... Read more…

Welsh Election Party Manifesto Briefings

26 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Welsh Parliamentary elections on 6th May.
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Scottish Election Party Manifesto Briefings

23 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections on 6th May.
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How Aldi's social media is rallying customers against competitors

22 Apr 2021

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400 shopworkers abused everyday as customers urged to "Shopkind"

22 Apr 2021

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Social media tips from indie businesses who have successfully diversified their proposition

14 Apr 2021

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High street footfall rises 174% in England & Wales post-lockdown

14 Apr 2021

High streets across England and Wales have witnessed an immediate comeback in footfall as non-essential retailers reopened on Monday for the first time in over three months.
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New 18 million Bikeability funding coincides with Local Bike Shop Day aims

13 Apr 2021

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'Optimism is in the air' according to BRC Economic Briefing Report

8 Apr 2021

The latest UK economic data has been significantly better than expected; check out key insights from the new research.
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Leading industry bodies warn that plan for vacant shop-to-residential conversions will not save our high streets

7 Apr 2021

Despite warnings from leading industry bodies the MHCLG have now confirmed that the simplified planning process for retail to residential conversions will be going ahead
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Single Use Carrier Bag Charge changes in England no longer coming into force as expected

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Creative News

The Plastic bagDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has just confirmed that the amendments to the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 will not be coming into force on 30th April 2021 as originally expected and communicated by Government.

Whilst the legislation has now passed in Parliament, the pre-election period has placed delays on the legislation coming into effect and clarity on the new timeline is expected imminently from Defra.

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) (Amendment) Order 2021 will make the following changes:

  • The minimum amount that sellers must charge for a single use carrier bag (SUCB) will increase from 5 pence to 10 pence.
  • The obligation to charge for SUCB will be extended to all retailers and the exemption for airport retailers from charging for SUCB will be removed.
  • The current "sunset clause" will be removed.
  • Provisions relating to the review of the 2015 Order and excluded bags will be updated.

Reporting requirements on the number of SUCB sold annually will not be extended to micro, small and medium sized enterprises (those with less than 250 employees), in order to minimise additional burdens.

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