Lib Dem conference backs UK carrier bag tax
By Anthony Clark
Posted 25 September 2012
The Liberal Democrats have voted in favour of a plastic bag tax at their annual conference in Brighton. The proposed level of the levy is 10p per carrier bag.
The conference session that debated the tax was chaired by Councillor Justine McGuinness who said: "When you go to southern Ireland, where they have a plastic bag tax levy, you don't see plastic bags floating around in hedgerows and you don't see people just using them once because, of course, there is plastic bag levy. It has changed people's behaviour.
"For me that is a sign of a very good policy indeed. In fact, seeing what has happened in southern Ireland has helped changed my own behaviour so I would urge you to support this motion because it is a policy that will effect change."
Party officials claim that chancellor George Osborne is against the move although a Treasury spokesman claimed that this isn’t the case.
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