We are in a recession with budgets under greater pressure than ever. Unemployment is at a 15 year high, households are struggling. So, HOW can Stormont help? How about forcing shoppers to pay at least 5p for EVERY carrier bag that they use?
The charge, which takes effect on April 8, will affect all new single use bags including those which are biodegradable. “The levy, a first for Northern Ireland, will apply to the majority of new single use carrier bags, regardless of the material from which the bag is made,” said Environment Minister Alex Attwood. “It is not just on plastic bags but other single use bags from other natural materials. “There are still some occasions when a bag will be provided free of charge.”
Hurrah for Attwood, a man who sums up the Stormont skill to never do anything positive but everything punitive.