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Key highlights include an extension to the business rates holiday and furlough scheme, as well as new £6000 "restart" grants for non-essential retailers.

23 Feb 2021

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18 Feb 2021

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17 Feb 2021

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10 Feb 2021

Letter to Rishi Sunak signed by Tesco, B&Q, Waterstones, and members of the IRC, calls for the business rates system to be reformed to make it fairer for physical stores

9 Feb 2021

Legislation has been laid to increase the minimum amount that retailers must charge for a single use carrier bag from 5p to 10p from 30th April 2021

5 Feb 2021

Over 65 retail organisations, including many members of the IRC, have written to the Prime Minister raising concerns of increasing instances of violence and abuse against shopworkers

3 Feb 2021

Buy now pay later (BNPL) firms such as Klarna and Clearpay are to be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority after a report warned of the risk of people running into "unseen debt".

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Single use carrier bag set to increase in Scotland from 5p to 10p from 1st April 2021

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

The Scottish Government has confirmed this morning that the minimum price of a single use carrier bag (SUCB) is set to increase from 5p to 10p from 1st April 2021.

The Scottish Government put forward the proposal to increase the minimum charge in a public consultation on developing Scotland's circular economy. The consultation was launched on 7 November 2019.

The increase in the SUCB charge will not result in a cost increase for retailers. The main impacts on retailers is the administrative costs of increasing the charge and, for retailers with more than 10 employees (FTE), the keeping of records on the number of SUCBs sold with a requirement of keeping these records for a minimum of five years.

By increasing the charge, the Government aims to; ensure the continued reduction in SUCB use to date is maintained, support an additional reduction in littering behaviour, increase materials and carbon savings and reduce waste sent to landfill and associated costs of waste treatment.

This increase is subject to Parliamentary approval but a timeframe for this is currently unknown.

 

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