Plastic bag sales in England plunge 95% since 5p charge

Latest figures reveal Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, Tesco and Waitrose sold 322m less bags last year

Charities offered share of £10m to support vulnerable energy customers

The funding is being granted through the Energy Redress Scheme, which collects voluntary payments from suppliers to make reparations for effects on consumers

London launches £23m van scrappage fund for microbusinesses

They can receive up to £6,000 to scrap a non-compliant van or minibus and switch to a new electric model

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Businesses breaching environmental laws paid £2.2m

The payments have been made to a total of 15 charities and projects across the UK

UK charities offered £2.5m to support vulnerable energy customers

It is part of the Energy Redress Scheme, which consists of voluntary payments made by energy suppliers that breached Ofgem’s rules

Businesses pay £1.5m for breaking environmental laws

A total of 26 businesses have agreed to pay more than £1.5 million for breaking environmental regulations in the UK. The payments range between £1,500 and £375,000 and will be used by 30 charities for projects benefitting wildlife and the environment. According to the Environment Agency, six companies have agreed to make six-figure payments – […]

New £20m pot for businesses that cut energy use

Businesses could receive financial incentives for cutting the amount of electricity they use through a new pilot scheme announced yesterday. British firms and other organisations such as charities that install more efficient motors, air conditioning and lighting could get cash from a fund worth up to £20 million for reducing their energy usage. Energy Secretary […]

Charities lose efficiency VAT help after EU tax row

Charities will no longer be able to claim a discount on the VAT for energy saving materials in some of their buildings from April 2013. Changes to tax law in the 2013 Finance Bill mean buildings used only for non-business such as village halls will not get a reduced VAT rate in the new financial […]

Charities, energy firms and supermarkets lobby Davey

A group of charities, energy firms and supermarkets have written to new Energy Secretary Ed Davey urging him to pursue opportunities for “clean and affordable energy”. WWF-UK, M&S, National Grid, Vodafone are just a few of the firms who signed the open letter. In it, the organisations welcome Mr Davey to the post and hail […]

Charities Overcharged VAT on Energy Bills

Charities will have paid up to £78 million in unnecessary tax this year because almost half of them are unaware that energy used for ‘non-business’ purposes is subject to a reduced 5% VAT rate and exempt from the Climate Change Levy. Charities, which are billed in much the same way as businesses for gas and […]