Compulsory 5p charge on carrier bags
From 1st October 2015 the government has introduced a compulsory 5p charge on carrier bags in England.
The charge has been in place for some time in Wales with favourable feedback and a reduction in plastic carrier bag use.
But the scheme will only apply to businesses with more than 250 employees so in theory it doesn’t apply to smaller retailers. So a good piece of pragmatic lawmaking here. Compulsory for the big business but choice for the smaller one.
Although not compulsory you may choose to adopt the charge on carrier bags if this fits with your business ethos.
If you choose to adopt the charge on carrier bags make sure you get the VAT right. The 5p charge will be treated as standard rated goods.