This ill-conceived tax will benefit supermarkets as it will allow them to stop providing free bags thereby increasing their profitibility. But it will be yet another burden on small independent local traders who will have to implement this tax using their scarce time and resources. They will lose customers as people change their shopping habits to spend more in supermarkets where they can load more purchases into one bag (why but a greetings card in a local shop and pay 5p for the little paper bag when you can get the card and other items in the supermarket and still only pay the same 5p). On top of the increase in VAT, the massive increases in parking charges and fines, the big increase in postage charges with more to come and the continual economic decline this tax is a shocking example of irresponsible politics. Alex Attwood is causing massive, unnecessary damage to a retail sector that is in terminal decline and he will learn too late.