Councillors at Liverpool city council have voted to lobby the government for a 1p tax on every packet of chewing gum.

The proposal is aimed at recouping the estimated £150m it costs local authorities to clean up discarded gum.

Mike Storey the leader of the council said that he hoped other councils would also put pressure of the government to introduce such a tax.

A spokeswoman for the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Association said the chewing gum industry was already working with the government through its Chewing Gum Action Group to “find ways of preventing the real cause of gum litter - irresponsible disposal”.