In his article for the March 2020 edition of Pub & Bar magazine entitled “MUP – Two Down, One To Go”, David Clifton focuses on MUP (i.e. minimum unit pricing for alcohol) developments in Scotland and Wales, and ponders its introduction in England.
Publication of this article has:
- coincided with the formal introduction in Wales (on 2 March 2020) of an MUP for alcohol of 50p and
- followed publication by NHS Scotland of a report (analysing alcohol sales data) that has shown that, in the 12 months following the implementation of MUP in Scotland in May 2018, off-trade alcohol consumption fell in Scotland but rose in England and Wales.
You can download below:
- David’s Pub & Bar article,
- A summary of the NHS Scotland MUP for Alcohol – Sales-based consumption Report, to which David refers in his article, and
- The full NHS Scotland MUP for Alcohol – Sales-based consumption Report
Since David wrote his article:
- A House of Lords Written Question HL1189 was posed on 30 January 2020 by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, who asked what instructions the UK Government has given Public Health England about monitoring and assessing the efficacy of minimum unit pricing in Scotland and when Public Health England will be reporting any such findings. On 12 February 2020, this question was answered as follows on behalf of the Government by Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister of State at the Home Office:
Public Health England have not been formally commissioned to undertake a review of the evidence of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) in Scotland. However, as part of their role in gathering evidence across areas to feed into the policy making process they are monitoring progress of MUP in Scotland and working closely with partners there to understand the impact of the policy. The Scottish Government is taking forward a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of introducing MUP. The Scottish legislation also includes a sunset clause and the Scottish Government are required to present a report on the impact of MUP to their Parliament five years after implementation. which will be published in 2023.
- A House of Lords Written Question HL1190 was posed on 30 January 2020 by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, who enquired what plans the UK Government has to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in England. On 11 February 2020, this question was answered as follows on behalf of the Government by Baroness Williams of Trafford:
Minimum Unit Price (MUP) has been in place in Scotland for less than two years and the Scottish Parliament will not consider its extension until 2024. A decision on its introduction in England is for the future.
The above written questions followed an oral question by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe in the House of Lords on 21 January 2020, when he asked what plans the UK Government has to produce an effective strategy for dealing with alcohol abuse in 2020. Baroness Williams of Trafford replied, stating:
My Lords, we are working to reduce alcohol-related harms with the NHS long-term plan, the prevention Green Paper, support for children of alcohol-dependent parents and action to tackle alcohol-related violent crime. Together, this work constitutes an effective package to address alcohol abuse. We are not planning a stand-alone strategy.