Penalties for littering are likely to rise following new recommendations by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Fines set by councils currently range between £50 and £80 – with a default of £75 if a council doesn’t set its own.

But these are now likely to rise to £100 – with higher fixed penalty notices of up to £150 being recommended – following a consultation by the department.

Communities Minister Marcus Jones said he wanted to “hit litter louts in the pocket”, telling the Daily Telegraph: “Dropping litter is the kind of antisocial behaviour that really gets people’s backs up, and rightly so. It’s thoughtless, selfish and ruins shared spaces for everyone.”

He added: “Not only that, litter clearance and disposal costs hundreds of millions of pounds for councils every year – money that could be going on vital services.”

Jones said that the “social unacceptability” should be enforced as much as the use of penalties. “Litterers and fly-tippers need to be shamed into changing their ways, and fined until they do,” he said.

The news follows the launch of the ‘Clean for the Queen’ weekend, a drive to get Britons to clean up their neighbourhoods in March ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday – an announcement which was swiftly derided by many on social media.