Work continuing on Welsh disposable plastics tax

Work continuing on Welsh disposable plastics tax

Work is continuing on a disposable plastics tax in Wales, despite it not being chosen from a shortlist of four new taxes to be introduced by the Welsh Government.

Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Finance Professor Mark Drakeford will today officially propose another of the four options – a vacant land tax designed to incentivise timely development and prevent dereliction and aid regeneration – but has said that work will also continue on each of the other three tax ideas. As well as a tax on disposable plastics and the vacant land tax, the other two ideas were a social care levy and a tourism tax.

No details of the possible disposable plastics tax have been released. In November, a month after the Welsh Government’s announcement, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced that the government would be considering a tax to reduce the use of single-use plastics.