Wales formally approve the introduction of 50p Minimum Unit Pricing

“The Welsh Government will formally introduce a minimum unit price of 50p from 2nd March 2020, after the proposals were approved by the Welsh Assembly yesterday.

The introduction of this will mean that it will soon be an offence under The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol)Act 2018 for alcohol to be sold in Wales below that price.

A national campaign will launch early next year to make the public, retailers and all those affected by the change aware of the introduction.“


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Welsh minimum pricing

“The Welsh Government will formally introduce a minimum unit price of 50p from 2nd March 2020, after the proposals were approved by the Welsh Assembly yesterday.

The introduction of this will mean that it will soon be an offence under The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol)Act 2018 for alcohol to be sold in Wales below that price.

A national campaign will launch early next year to make the public, retailers and all those affected by the change aware of the introduction.“


Home Office announce a planned extension of licensing hours to celebrate VE Day

“The Home Secretary today has revealed plans to allow pubs, clubs and bars which are licensed to trade until 11pm to extend trade until 1am to celebrate VE day’s 75th anniversary. The proposed extension is for Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May 2020. 

This proposal will be subject to a short consultation with stakeholders, and we will announce once this has been completed.” 


Minimum pricing of alcohol in Wales

Press release from the Welsh Government:

“This week the Welsh Government moved one step closer to implementing minimum unit pricing (MUP) of 50p across Wales. Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales, announced in a statement to members that 2nd March 2020 is the date when the regulations will come into force, subject to agreement by the Welsh Assembly next month.

The Welsh Government had initially planned to introduce MUP earlier this year, but faced resistance after Portugal raised an objection to the proposal. Detailed justification was submitted by the Welsh Government to the EU in response, and now they are progressing with the new start date as announced.

In his statement to the Assembly, Mr Gething said “We have worked closely with retailers, the alcohol industry, public health and substance misuse stakeholders to develop guidance and additional supporting materials about minimum pricing for alcohol.

We will introduce communications campaigns for retailers and the general public in the run-up to implementation, which will continue to promote the public health aims of the legislation.”

A report has been commissioned by the Welsh Government to research the potential impact of introducing MUP on alcohol-dependent people who will be affected most by its implementation, and is set to be published later this month.”


Liverpool City council back ‘Agent of change’ proposal

“At a recent Cabinet meeting Liverpool City Council formally endorsed the Agent of Change principle and proposes to lobby Central Government for changes in licensing legislation to further  support the existing and potential live music offer in the City.

The Agent of Change principle generally means that the person or business (i.e. the Agent) introducing a new land use is responsible for managing the impact of the change.

In relation to live music venues, the Agent of Change principle effectively means that where a music venue is in place before a proposed residential development, then the Developer would be responsible for ensuring that any noise from the music venue was not detrimental to any of the occupants of the new residential development”.


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