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Should shoppers in England be charged 5p for plastic carrier bags?
SHOPPERS in England are to be charged 5p a time for plastic carrier bags in supermarkets and other large stores.
The move, intended to discourage use of the environmentally damaging bags, will be announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, according to the Daily Mail.
The proceeds will go to charities involved in clearing up the environmental damage caused by the bags rather than the Government or retailers.
The change will bring England into line with the rest of the UK as charges already in place in Wales and Northern Ireland, with Scotland set to follow suit in 2014.
Lib Dem sources said charges would come into effect in England in 2015 though it is not yet clear whether it will be before the general election, set for May that year, or after.
Mr Clegg is said to have fought hard within the coalition for the scheme – which is Lib Dem party policy – at a time when ministers are under intense pressure over the rising cost of living.
But with a 76 per cent fall in plastic bag use in Wales since the levy was introduced there in 2011, the Lib Dem leader is said to believe it is the right thing to do.
Do you agree with Nick Clegg shoppers in England should have to pay for carrier bags or would the charge be unfair? Post your thoughts below.
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