Downing Street rules out hitting parents with a nappy tax


PARENTS can breathe a sigh of relief after Downing Street ruled out introducing a nappy tax.

Boris Johnson’s spokesman denied reports that disposable nappies would be slapped with levies to encourage the switch to eco-friendly alternatives.

Downing Street has ruled out introducing a nappy tax

Mums and dads had feared their wallets would feel the strain of the Government’s green drive.

Calming jitters, the PM’s official spokesman assured: “We will not be putting a tax on nappies. That story is untrue.

“We have a strong track record on tackling pollution and we believe the best way to do that is to ensure that we have policies that are proportionate and encourage people to make change.

“And we will continue to introduce policies that we believe strike that correct balance.”

He said it was up to parents to decide what’s best for them but didn’t know what Mr Johnson – father to toddler Wilf – used.

Parents were up in arms at the thought of being made to pay a nappy tax, which was reported in the Daily Mail.

Justine Roberts, from the parenting forum Mumsnet, also warned reusable nappies were more time-consuming.

She said: “Ideally, parents do want to make greener choices, but it’s hard when they are busy and finances are stretched and they’re struggling to find a moment for themselves.

“Asking parents, and, frankly, it’s usually mothers, for the commitment needed for reusables is a big ask.”

Ministers are on an eco blitz in the run-up to the COP climate summit in Glasgow this November.

HOAR revealed this month that the Government wants to ban plastic cutlery from takeaway outlets and replace them with wooden implements

It comes after plastic cotton buds, stirrers and straws have already been outlawed.

Parents were up in arms at the thought of being made to pay a nappy tax