Alcohol pricing restrictions

With no announcement in the March 2013 Budget on the issue of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol, speculation has arisen that the UK Government may be re-thinking its approach to the issue of alcohol pricing. The proposal for Minimum Unit Pricing, originally announced in March 2012 in the Government’s Alcohol  Strategy alongside proposals such as the banning of multi-buy promotions in the off-trade, did not identify a Minimum Price point and the Government has been consulting on the basis of a recommended  45p unit minimum price. In the 2013 Budget the Government indicated that it would shortly be responding to its consultation (which closed on 6 February 2013), including proposals to deal with deeply-discounted alcohol in supermarkets and other stores, but gave no indication of its current thinking on the issue. Continue reading