Bag Tax

Between October 2015 and September 2016 we sold 18,187 chargeable bags*. This raised a total of £757.81 (net of VAT) which we have donated to Tenovus, our chosen charity partner this year.


Tenovus provide support services to ensure equal access to treatment, advice and support, whenever and wherever it’s needed most, in the heart of the community.

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* Bags which are supplied by a pharmacist or in a pharmacy to carry prescriptions are not included in the charge. The same applies to bags which are provided to carry items supplied on the NHS without a prescription. This would include free smoking cessation products supplied by an NHS stop smoking clinic or therapy devices provided free in a specialist NHS occupational therapy clinic.

There are two specific exemptions in the single use carrier bag charge in relation to medicines etc. These are:

  • Any item sold in accordance with a prescription – this would usually be for a private prescription; and
  • Pharmacy medicines – any item which can only be sold by a qualified pharmacist or with their supervision.