News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

UK News

Christian charity supports bag charge

Scotland has joined Wales and Northern Ireland in making shoppers pay five pence per bag.

The charge applies regardless of whether the bags are made from paper, plastic or a biodegradable material.

MSPs overwhelmingly backed the move after figures showed that Scottish councils pick up an estimated 7.4 million bags a year.

Wales brought in a charge in 2011 and Northern Ireland followed suit last year.

Andy Lester from Christian environmental charity A Rocha UK told Premier's News Hour he thinks England will follow.

He said: "It will happen. If you look at some of the suppliers who are really excited about this, like McDonalds, Marks and Spencer and the Co-operative Group, they will be applying pressure to the English Parliament to say you need to do the same.

"It seems ludicrous that the rest of the UK is now joining forces and cutting out carrier bags, but I suspect that Westminster will be aware of that and adjust accordingly by the next election."

Most stores are pledging to give the money raised to charity.

Figures show that the charges introduced in Wales and Northern Ireland saw drops in new bag use of around 80% and 70%, respectively, environmental groups said.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email