Green policy will rip off the most vulnerable
WE all want to help the environment, but once again the government in London has misused environmentalism to fatten its already swollen coffers, and the Welsh Government is rushing to follow, without the slightest thought how the latest “big idea” will affect the most disadvantaged members of British society: the elderly and disabled.
At the moment, recycling is in most areas collected from the doorstep, but the new bottle tax will require bottles to be “redeemed” in order to reclaim the tax charged.
Will this be done at the doorstep? I doubt it. Instead elderly and disabled people will no doubt be forced to make difficult journeys carrying heavy loads to recycling centres located on filthy industrial estates often located out of town or in undesirable parts of town, where, having struggled there to reclaim their money they will no doubt be relieved of it by gangs of thugs who will be attracted by the prospect of easy money. The alternative is that the elderly and disabled will not return their bottles, thus being ripped off by the Government.
Did the Government consult groups representing elderly or disabled people in any way before introducing this proposal? Or did they, blinded by the pound signs flashing in their eyes, simply say “jolly good show” and discuss how best to distribute the likely spoils of their latest rip-off to assist in the financing of their bloated lifestyles?
When I was young, “green” was another word for “gullible” – our government must think the British public are very green to be introducing this stealth tax. Ian McNicholas Ebbw Vale
Our correspondent isn’t too enthusiastic about plans for a plastic bottle refund scheme