Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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FUNDING IS IN THE BAG

Carrier bag levy to help fund projects

Northern Ireland launched a 5p carrier bag tax in April. The Single Use Carrier Bag Levy is expected to cut the 250 million carrier bags used in Northern Ireland each year by 80%. The levy will apply to bags made of paper, starch and natural materials as well as plastic. Levy proceeds will be used to help fund environment-focused community projects.

NO REOFFENCE INTENDED

£7.7m to tackle high reoffending rates

Six projects will receive a share of £7.7m to develop mentoring schemes to help tackle Scotland's high reoffending rates. The Scottish Government's Reducing Reoffending Change Fund investment will be shared between local authority, charity and social enterprise projects.

COMMUNITY LIFELINE

Vital' Welsh post offices get grants

Thirty-nine Welsh post offices are being given grants worth almost £400,000 to expand their businesses and improve services to communities. …

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