Alcohol Concern: give Wales licensing powers

By Lesley Foottit

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Alcohol Concern backs 50p minimum price
Alcohol Concern backs 50p minimum price
Alcohol Concern has called for powers over licensing and pricing to be devolved to the National Assembly for Wales following a "lack of progress"...

Alcohol Concern has called for powers over licensing and pricing to be devolved to the National Assembly for Wales following a "lack of progress" made by the Government.

In a report of the issues surrounding drinking in Wales, the alcohol charity argued that the protection of public health needs to become an additional objective of the Licensing Act in England and Wales.

The report also called for the introduction of a minimum price of 50p per unit in pubs and supermarkets alike. It said "a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol needs to be implemented in both the on-trade and off-trade across England and Wales."

However, the charity backed calls fo a lower duty rate for low strength drinks, such as beer — a move also supported by brewers.

"[A minimum price] needs to be coupled with a new scale of duties incentivising the production and consumption of lower strength drinks.

"Given the lack of progress in establishing a minimum price per unit across England and Wales, Alcohol Concern supports devolving

the necessary powers to the National Assembly for Wales," stated the report.

The report also called for the number of units in each drink to be "clearly displayed" on the front of bottles and cans in the off-trade, and on menus and pumps in pubs and restaurants.

Related topics: Licensing law

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