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McKay welcomes Executive adoption of Sinn Féin proposals for Plastic Bag Levy

15 December, 2010

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has welcomed the adoption of Sinn Féin’s Plastic Bag levy proposals in the Budget announced today. Mr McKay recently introduced the Single Use Plastic Bag Bill to the Assembly which will place a levy on plastic bags.


Mr McKay said


“The adoption of the legislation that I put before the house by the Executive is something that I very much welcome. I proposed not only that a levy be placed on plastic bags but that the proceeds go towards the Green New Deal Housing Fund which would help to create 2-3000 jobs, make 100,000 homes more energy efficient over 4 years and help many vulnerable people who are living in fuel poverty.


“The fact that these proposals have been adopted by the Executive is very much an endorsement of the work Sinn Féin has done on this issue over the past 3 years. This levy will not only raise revenue for a programme which will improve energy efficiency, create jobs and assist those in poverty but it will also greatly reduce the problem of plastic bag litter in our communities."ENDS

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