Supermarkets are using a plastic "bags for life" loophole to pocket millions of pounds in profit as charities miss out. Supermarkets are “expected” to donate the profits from the 10p charge to “good causes” and report sales and donations figures to the Government annually, but these rules do not apply to bags for life.
The original intention was to encourage shoppers to use fewer bags, thereby reducing plastic pollution. The money raised was to be used to develop the recycling industry and to create jobs. The plastic bag levy money was channelled into the National Revenue Fund and allocated to government departments.