Possible delays to Welsh minimum unit pricing decision

Location: Scotland, UK, Wales
Other: Business

With the UK Supreme Court due to rule this week on the introduction of minimum alcohol unit pricing in Scotland, a data and analytics company believes similar proposed changes in Wales could be delayed.

The final ruling this week about the implementation of these measures in Scotland will conclude a case that began in 2013. According to GlobalData, the Welsh plans, first proposed in July 2015, were shelved as a result of the 2016 Welsh Assembly election, as well as the decision of Scottish judges to refer their legislation to the Supreme Court.

‘While the potential benefits for the bill are clear, the government is yet to decide what the minimum price-per-unit would be,’ said Joe Hutson, consumer analyst at GlobalData. ‘However, the proposal is based on research by Sheffield University that considered a 50p-a-unit model. This rate would make a typical can of cider at least £1, a bottle of wine at least £4.69 and a litre of vodka more than £20.’

The company reported that alcohol sales in Wales below 50p per unit represented 72% of sales of beer, 42% of wine and 66% of spirits.

The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill was introduced by Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans. It is currently being considered by the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, which has issued a call for evidence.

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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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