SNP: minimum price support growing

By John Harrington

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Related tags: Minimum price, Alcoholic beverage, Conservatism, Scotland, Snp

Minimum pricing: SNP claims that support is growing
Minimum pricing: SNP claims that support is growing
The pub and drinks industry is increasingly being won over by the idea of having a minimum price of alcohol. That's according to the Scottish...

The pub and drinks industry is increasingly being won over by the idea of having a minimum price of alcohol.

That's according to the Scottish National Party (SNP)'s manifesto, which once again backs moves to set a minimum price to curb cheap alcohol sales in supermarkets.

"There is growing support, not only among health professionals and the police, but now also among the drinks industry including leading manufacturers and the licensed trade," the manifesto says.

However, the SNP's call for minimum pricing has met with opposition from Labour and the Conservatives in Scotland. There are also concerns that the move would be illegal under EU competiton law.

Other propsoals from the SNP include extending paternity leave - the party believes "it is right that both parents are able to take adequate leave in the first months of their child's life".

The manifesto also says the minimum wage "should increase in line with earnings".

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