Scottish Government

Next steps: SLTA MD Colin Wilkinson says more questions have been thrown up by the delay of the DRS

DRS ‘reduced to a tardy political battle’ says SLTA

By Gary Lloyd

The SLTA (Scottish Licensed Trade Association) has welcomed the news Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) will be delayed until at least October 2025 but warned politics must be left out of it in future.

For better or for worse: how Scotland's new drink-drive limit has changed the pub trade

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How Scotland’s drink-drive law has changed pubs

By Phil Mellows

Scotland’s lower drink drive limits have had a profound effect on the pub trade, leaving a significant amount of sites with a decline in trade. Has this led to a crisis or opened up opportunities for change? Phil Mellows reports

Scottish minimum unit pricing would infringe EU free trade

Bitter blow for Scottish minimum unit pricing plans

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The Scottish Government’s plans to introduce minimum pricing have suffered a bitter blow after the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice said the move infringed EU rules on free trade.

Scottish Minimum Pricing Bill published today

Scottish Minimum Pricing Bill published today

By Adam Pescod

Minimum pricing on alcohol is unlikely to reduce alcohol misuse, is probably illegal and threatens one of Scotland’s key industries. That is the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) view on the controversial policy set out in the Alcohol Bill, published...

Price of pint in Scotland could rise by 50p, warns SBPA

Price of pint in Scotland could rise by 50p, warns SBPA

By Adam Pescod

The price of a pint in Scotland could rise by fifty pence if the Scottish government pushes ahead with plans to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol, and takes over alcohol excise duties from Westminster.

Supermarket booze: is 45p the magic figure?

Scots want minimum price of 45p/unit

By John Harrington

The Scottish Government has proposed setting a minimum price of 45p per unit, claiming it will mean 50 fewer deaths in the first year.

Scotland: licensing changeover caused problems

Scotland denies licence 'chaos'

By Gemma McKenna

The Scottish Government has ruled out intervening to improve the "chaos" of licensing reform that has seen one in five licensed premises shut....

Scotland: confusion over whether pubs could be forced to refuse alcoholic drink sales to under-21s

Confusion over Scots U-21 pub ban

By John Harrington

Doubts have been raised about whether a proposed move to force licensing chiefs to consider bans on alcohol sales to U-21s will apply to pubs.

SAB Miller believes proposals will penalise those who drink responsibly

Brewer blasts Scottish alcohol proposals

By Ewan Turney

Scottish proposals to introduce minimum pricing and restrict off-trade sales undermine individual judgement and accountability — the fundamentals...

Minimum price could cause problems for Scotch Whisky abroad

SWA: minimum pricing is illegal

By Ewan Turney

A minimum price agreement on alcoholic drinks is likely to breach both EU and International Trade law, warns the Scotch Whisky Association.

Vending machine ban could damage pubs

Scots ban pub cigarette vending machines

By Ewan Turney

Pubs will stop selling cigarettes and will ultimately lose customers if vending machines are banned in Scotland, according to the SBPA.

Walker: Licence fees could rise 400%

Scots licensees round on licensing reform

By Ewan Turney

A Scottish Tory and licensee has gathered over 3,000 signatures on a petition against licensing reform. The new regulations are set to come into...