Rise in cost of plastic bags could put some under mounting financial pressure, says Blair

The rise in cost of a single use plastic bag could put some people under mounting pressure in the midst of a pandemic and cost of living crisis, Alliance Environment spokesperson John Blair MLA has said.

The South Antrim MLA was speaking during an Assembly debate on the issue. Environment Minister Edwin Poots has announced the charge would increase again, to 25p from April, with all bags priced at £5 or less subject to the levy, no matter the material they’re made from.

“Because of the actions of the UK Government and other factors, people across the UK are facing a cost of living nightmare,” said Mr Blair.

“With a rise in national insurance and the biggest increase in the price of domestic energy since records began, raising the cost of single use carrier bags by now four times will only add to the pressures faced by many.

“Whilst I hope the price increase will lead to significant success in reducing litter, protecting wildlife and influencing consumer behaviour, it is important steps are introduced to support those under mounting financial pressure, as the cost of living crisis threatens to grow.”

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