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Scotland First in UK to Introduce Minimum Unit Price legislation

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Despite some opposition from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA),  after a prolonged 5 year legal debate, Supreme Court leaders were unanimous in approving new legislation regarding alcohol minimum pricing in Scotland.

Anticipated to come into effect early next year, a 50p levy per unit of alcohol will be applied with a view to tackling irresponsible drinking by consumers of cheap high strength alcohol.

 

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted:

“Absolutely delighted that minimum pricing has been up held by the Supreme Court. “This has been a long road – and no doubt the policy will continue to have it’s critics – but it is a bold and necessary move to improve public health”.

 

Welsh Government has also been monitoring the developments as they unfold and has been quick to express it’s support of the outcome. In a recent statement Vaughan Gething stated:

“Alcohol-related harm is a significant public health problem in Wales. Tackling excessive alcohol consumption is a priority for this Welsh Government. Figures recently published show that in 2016, there were 504 alcohol-related deaths in Wales, all of which were avoidable”.

Welsh Government are now considering detailed implications of the judgment for the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill, which was introduced to the National Assembly for Wales on 23 October.
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