Our Researcher Mairéad Bailie surmises the biggest headlines from last week.
Levy on plastic bottles good raise £600m a year for charities
With over 35 million single-use plastic bottles being used in the UK every-day, the Charities Aid Foundation have stated that imposing a 5p levy on plastic bottles could generate over £600 million a year for charities. The plastic bag levy managed to raise £29 million for good causes in the first six months of operation – CAF believes a levy for all single-use plastic items could be significantly greater.
National Lottery profits greatly exceed good-cause cash
A report from the National Audit Office says Camelot profits rose 122% in seven years, but good-cause money has only increased by 2%. A spokesman for Camelot has said it had conducted a “wide-ranging strategic review” of declining lottery sales and returns to good causes and expected a return to growth next year. The Public Accounts Committee has announced an inquiry on the matter. Join us in our campaign to get £425 million refunded to the Big Lottery Fund here.