Latest Licensing News around the UK, JG&P

By | March 16, 2018

Latest Licensing News around the UK, JG&P

Minimum Unit Pricing (Wales)

Posted: 15 Mar 2018 05:00 AM PDT

Yesterday we provided an update on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) in Scotland.

Also this week the process of introducing MUP in Wales took another step forward.

On 13th March the Welsh Assembly voted in favour of a  motion to approve a  financial resolution in respect of the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill which, if enacted, will pave the way for MUP in Wales.  Although a technical step, the motion was passed by a large majority of the Assembly members and signifies the end of the first stage of the legislative process (of which there are four).

This vote followed the publication of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s report earlier this month on the proposed bill.  While supporting the general principles of the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill, the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee reported concerned that higher alcohol prices may have a negative impact on dependent drinkers, and could push some drinkers towards other, more harmful substances following evidence received during their enquiries.

It is likely that the Welsh Assembly will look to Scotland and their programme of MUP which is due to commence on 1st May for evidence of negative or unintended consequences.
We shall keep you updated.

Scotland – Consultation on updating the Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

Posted: 15 Mar 2018 03:00 AM PDT

Due to previous concerns raised about a lack of public participation in the licensing process, the Scottish Government has launched a consultation on updating the Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 seeking views on whether the Regulations can be amended to improve community engagement.

Views are particularly sought on Regulations 3,4,6,7,8,9 and 18 which deal with neighbour notifications, more specifically:

  • meaning of “notifiable interest”;
  • meaning of “neighbouring land”;
  • publicity to applications;
  • display of notice;
  • periods for board to notify applications;
  • documents to accompany notice of premises licence application; and
  • occasional licences.

However, feedback will be accepted from respondents on other sections of the Regulations as well.

Responses to the consultation should be made using the Scottish Government’s consultation platform, Citizen Space – you can follow this link

Alternatively, responses can be submitted along with a completed Respondent Information Form to Licensing.Consultation@gov.scot

The consultation closes on 6 June 2018.

Scotland – Minimum Unit Price Guidance

Posted: 14 Mar 2018 02:00 AM PDT

The Scottish Government has updated its guidance on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP).

A minimum unit price for alcohol is due start on 1 May 2018. The Scottish Government has proposed a price per unit of 50p to the Scottish Parliament. If the Parliament agrees, from 1 May 2018 all alcoholic drinks must cost at least 50p per unit. Anyone with a licence to sell alcohol will not be allowed to sell it cheaper than this.

This covers both:

  • retailers that sell alcohol for drinking off the premises (like newsagents and supermarkets)
  • places that sell alcohol for drinking on the premises (like pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants)

The guidance makes it clear that there will be no ‘period of grace’ allowed for carrying out minimum unit pricing – operators must be selling alcohol at the right price on 1 May 2018 with no exceptions.

Wholesalers don’t need to comply with minimum unit pricing if they only carry out trade-to-trade business. Guidance for wholesalers is being drafted by the Scottish Wholesale Association and will be available on the link below when published.

The guidance also makes it clear that the people responsible for making sure the minimum unit price is followed are:

  • the premises licence holder
  • premises managers
  • staff working on the licensed premises

If MUP is not followed this could lead to a review of the premises licence.

The guidance can be found here:  https://www.mygov.scot/minimum-unit-pricing/

 

 

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