Chewing gum proposal debate

The National Assembly will today debate a proposal to charge a 5p levy on chewing gum to help pay for the cost of cleaning it up.

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AMs reject chewing gum charge

Assembly members have refused to let Conservative AM Darren Millar introduce legislation to levy a 5p charge on every packet of chewing gum sold in Wales. He wanted the money to be put towards clearing up gum that's dropped in the street.

But other AMs doubted that it was an appropriate use of the Assembly's law-making powers. The proposal was defeated by in the Senedd by 30 votes to 17.

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Proposed levy on chewing gum debated

It's estimated that chewing gum costs councils across the UK over £100m to clean up Credit: ITV News Wales

The National Assembly will today debate a proposal to charge a 5p levy on chewing gum to help pay for the cost of cleaning it up.

It's been estimated that discarded chewing gum costs councils across the UK over £100m every year.

Carmarthen Council is cracking down on the problem and recently issued its first £75 fine. They say cleaning it up costs them £30,000 a year.

But confectionery firms and critics say it would unfairly punish consumers.

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