Energy and Environment

Corner shops and customers don’t need additional tax burdens


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Commenting on the Environment Secretary’s plans to double carrier bag charges and extend them to smaller shops, the IEA’s Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon said:

“The exemption for small shops reflected the fact that people don’t tend to take reusable bags with them when they pop into a corner shop. That was a sensible policy and it’s a shame the government has changed its mind and decided to burden corner shops and their customers with this regressive tax burden.”

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