The Association of Convenience Stores says the Climate Change Levy may affect convenience stores' viability when the Finance Bill becomes law in April 2001. An ACS spokesman said: "Even a successful symbol store may only clear £15k profit a year, and the levy will take a big chunk out of that. We can't stop the tax coming in, so we are concentrating on telling our members how to drive its cost to them down." The ACS estimates independent retailers will need to find an extra £800 per store. The Bill has already been amended in line with recommendations of the British Retail Consortium and CBI. The Food and Drink Federation is finalising an agreement with the government to obtain 80% discounts on the levy for food and drink manufacturers. The scheme offers 100 % tax relief on energy efficient investment and the ACS is urging members to take advantage of this to lower their rate of energy consumption. {{NEWS }}