Possible delays to Welsh minimum unit pricing decision

Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd

14 November 2017

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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