Policy Changes Coming Your Way in 2022/23

Policy Changes Coming Your Way in 2022/23


A quick reminder of some scheduled policy changes heading your way.

We have entered a period of political respite this week as the chaotic party conference season comes to an end. Throughout the last couple of weeks, we have kept a close eye on any major policy developments or announcements in areas important to our members.

However, with parliament not returning till next Monday, I felt it would be a good chance to move away from speculation and remind members of a few of the existing policy changes scheduled to take place in 2022/23. This includes:

Reform of red diesel and other rebated fuels entitlement, which comes into force on April 2022.

What is it? These restrictions will limit the number of applications legible for a tax rebate and will mean construction, manufacturing, and port facilities will no longer be allowed to use red diesel in their forklifts, side-loaders, and telehandlers.

How will it affect my business? The policy has the potential to be costly for members, with the legislation requiring a switch to white diesel used in cars and trucks – a fuel that Is currently 47p more per litre.

Where can I find out more? We urge members to read the full policy outline here as well as this useful preparation guide.

The plastic packaging tax, which will also be introduced from April 2022 to incentivise the use of recycled plastic packaging.

What is it? A new tax on plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into the UK, that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic is being introduced from 1 April 2022.

How will it affect my business? Members who import wood packs using plastic wrapping may be liable to this tax. However, this tax is quite complex, with a minimum threshold of 10 tonnes per year and an exemption on plastic which contains 30% recycled material.

Where can I find out more?  We recommend our members read the full policy outline here, and seek expert advice if they are concerned.

Introduction of the United Kingdom Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark on all products looking to enter the GB market following our exit from the EU single market.

What is it? Conformance marks affirm the product has passed the required assessment for the market, such as health, safety, and environmental protection standards.

When will it be introduced? The deadline for changing to UKCA marking was earlier this year extended to 1 January 2023. However, we would like to strongly encourage members to begin this process now if they haven’t already.

How will it affect my business? Manufacturers who wish to place their goods on the GB market will need to add a UKCA mark and demonstrate conformance to UK performance standards.

Where can I find out more? For more detailed info please read our UKCA page on our website and download our UKCA guide which can be found here.

For those unaware of these policies, this is probably a lot to take in on a Tuesday afternoon so if members have any questions or queries, please do let us know!

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