Bag Tax Leads to Shoplifting in the UK

January 15, 2016 Taxation in UK

LONDON – The UK’s tax on plastic bags has had a positive effect on the environment, but it has also left to a significant increase in shoplifting.

According to new research conducted b the consumer group, nearly GBP 26.7 million worth of plastic shopping bags have been stolen by consumers in the UK since the introduction of the controversial plastic bag tax in the country.

Since October last year shoppers in the UK have been required to pay GBP 0.05 if they wish to receive a plastic shopping bag at a checkout in a store.

Approximately 51 percent of participants in the new research project have now admitted to stealing a plastic bag at a checkout, especially at self-service checkouts in supermarkets, and based on this statics, it is estimated that over GBP 26.6 million worth of bags have now been stolen.

Despite the prolific theft of bags, some environmental groups have already come forward to say that the tax has resulted in a significant decrease in the amount of plastic bags in rubbish depots and local waterways.

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