5p charge for a plastic bag in supermarkets set to be announced
SHOPPERS are set to be charged 5p for plastic bags in supermarkets and major stores in two years time.
The plans are due to be announced by deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow this weekend.
It will bring England in line with Wales and Northern Ireland, with Scotland to follow suit in 2014.
The charges are due to be introduced in 2015, with the money being handed to charities which have to deal with the impact of bags on the environment.
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There has been a sharp rise on is the use of disposable plastic bags over the last two years, around seven billion a year, it was reported today.
There has been a 76 per cent drop in plastic bag use in Wales since the levy was introduced in 2011,.
The charge will only apply to supermarkets and other large stores, with small corner shops exempted.