Green pol­icy will rip off the most vul­ner­a­ble

Cynon Valley - - NEWS -

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

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