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Single-Use Plastic Carrier Bag Charge Increase

13 May 2021

From 21st May in England, the minimum charge for plastic bags will increase from 5p to 10p per bag, and will be applicable to all businesses regardless of size.

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ACT and ActSmart to meet with business minister Paul Scully to discuss high street initiatives

13 May 2021

On Wednesday 19th May the ACT, along with other key members of the IRC, will be partaking in a meeting with government officials in regard to the wellbeing of the high street
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Register now for APPGCW virtual meeting to discuss how to make active travel safer

12 May 2021

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling & Walking (APPGCW) virtual meeting takes place on the 14th of May with the subject ''How to make active travel safer - improving safety audits and... Read more…

Best Small Shops nominee Pennine Cycles once again commended with award

7 May 2021

Pennine Cycles, shortlisted last year for two awards in the Best Small Shops competition, have now been nominated in the BikeBiz Awards

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Government Supports Amendment to Introduce Cashback Without Purchase

5 May 2021

The Government has agreed an amendment to the Financial Services Bill which will enable shops to offer cashback to customers without making a purchase.
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Free Whitepaper: How the retail sector can survive and thrive post-pandemic

29 Apr 2021

Armed with research data from Maybe*, a panel of retail industry expertshave collaborated to create this whitepaper with one goal - to help businesses thrive in this new era of uncertainty.... Read more…

Bank of England provide free training materials for checking bank notes

28 Apr 2021

The Bank of England has released free training materials for retailers with the aim of refreshing awareness of how to check banknotes.
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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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Single-Use Plastic Carrier Bag Charge Increase

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

Plastic bagFrom 21st May in England, the minimum charge for plastic bags will increase from 5p to 10p per bag, and will be applicable to all businesses regardless of size. The plastic bag charge is already applicable to all businesses in Scotland and Wales.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: "The introduction of the 5p charge has been a phenomenal success, driving down sales of harmful plastic bags in supermarkets by a remarkable 95%. We know we must go further to protect our natural environment and oceans, which is why we are now extending this charge to all businesses. Over the next couple of weeks I urge all retailers of all sizes to make sure they are ready for the changes, as we work together to build back greener and strengthen our world-leading action to combat the scourge of plastic waste."

New figures from DEFRA show that as a result of the carrier bag charge, the average person in England now buys just four single-use carrier bags a year from the main supermarkets, compared with 140 in 2014. By extending the charge to all retailers, the Government expects that the use of single-use carrier bags will decrease by 70-80% in small and medium-sized businesses.

 

DEFRA has produced posters for retailers to display in-store and updated its guidance on retailer responsibilities.

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