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Even entertaining a nappy tax exposes No10's muddled plans for plastic waste and climate change

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01.09.2021

When I saw the front page of the Daily Mail over breakfast this morning, I nearly choked on my Shreddies. It’s possible George Eustice did, too, given his department rapidly denied today’s headlines that government is contemplating a levy on disposable nappies.

Perhaps someone in Whitehall got the wrong end of the stick. Considering Ministers’ contempt for plastic, their fondness for knee-jerk bans, and the fact that former Environment Secretary Michael Gove hinted at a nappy ban back in 2018, perhaps not. So let’s engage in a swift thought experiment, and imagine the tax is going ahead.

For a start, a nappy tax would add to household budgets at a time when inflation is already eating into them: weekly grocery bills are expected to increase by £2.54 by Christmas. As is the case with a number of taxes – such as those on alcohol, tobacco or soft drinks – the move would hit the poorest families hardest.

Importantly, it would probably do........

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