New Carrier Bag Charge

Due to new government guidelines all retail shops from 21 May 2021 all retailers of any size (large, medium, small, micro and airport retailers) must charge a minimum of 10 pence for single-use carrier bags in England. We could be fined if we do not charge, so try to bring your own bags.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/carrier-bag-charges-retailers-responsibilities#records-you-must-keep-and-submit

The local authority can inspect us to check we are following the law.

Inspectors can:

  • Visit the shop or store
  • make test purchases
  • speak to staff
  • demand records

Inspectors do not have to give us a warning but can carry these out as ‘secret shopper’ exercises. If they find a problem they can:

  • issue a non-compliance notice stating what we must do to fix the problem
  • impose a fixed penalty
  • Impose a variable penalty

The above are some of the guidelines for retail shops including charities.
We don’t have any choice in this, if you need a bag we will have to charge you 10p


Fable Charity Trustees

 

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