Carrier bag charge to be doubled to 10p and scope widened: The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs has announced that the mandatory charge for retail one trip plastic carrier bags is to be increased from 5p to 10p and extended to all retailers subject to a consultation to be issued in the autumn.
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Consultation on age limit for the sale of energy drinks: As part of its Childhood obesity strategy the Department for Health and Social Care has launched a consultation on introducing an age of sale restriction at 16 or 18 for energy drinks – Closes 21st November.
The Department has also published a ‘Calorie model’ for assessment of the benefits of this and other proposals forming part of the strategy. View >
Competition and Markets Authority acts to protect consumers: The CMA has accepted formal undertakings from 2 gambling companies to remove restrictions on gamblers withdrawing cash. The CMA is also taking Viagogo to court over the fairness of its trading practices using powers under the Enterprise Act. View >
Measuring how green Brexit will be: Friends of the Earth have set out the five measures that it will use to judge the impact of Brexit on environmental standards in the UK. View >
Scottish input to future trade arrangements: The Scottish Government has published a discussion paper on what it believes its future role and engagement should be in negotiation of trade deals and policy. View >
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