SBPA respond to MUP decision

BrigidHeroCommenting on the decision by the UK Supreme Court on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP), SBPA CEO Brigid Simmonds OBE said:

“The industry in Scotland has seen a number of regulative changes over the last decade and once again, we will now see another which will have a significant impact on how businesses operate. It is good to see that the Scottish Government intend a five year implementation period, with a review and unless action is taken to extend the policy, a Sunset clause comes into place in year six.

“The SBPA has always been concerned about imposing conditions which penalise responsible drinkers and there is no denying that this ruling will cause uncertainty, but what is important now, is that industry is given a break from any further blanket-regulations. This will also allow MUP to be properly assessed as a policy to reduce alcohol-related harm.

“The SBPA strongly supports policies and initiatives targeted at the minority of those who misuse alcohol and view this as the best way to reduce alcohol harm, without penalising responsible drinkers. We have been very active, with the removal of 1 billion units of alcohol from the UK market as well as raising unit awareness, providing consistent labelling and promoting lower strength products.

“In tackling alcohol related harm, it is education and awareness, through support for Drinkaware and other awareness programmes, alongside partnership working, between industry, local communities, police and the public health authorities that delivers the most effective results.”