Blaenau Gwent MP calls for drink price rise

SAVE LIVES: Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith has called for drink to be charged at a minimum price of 50p per unit

SAVE LIVES: Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith has called for drink to be charged at a minimum price of 50p per unit

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 THE MP for Blaenau Gwent has called for drink to be charged at a minimum price of 50p per unit.

Nick Smith said setting a minimum price for alcohol at the same level adopted by the Scottish Government would discourage “drinkers of the high octance gut rot alcohol which wrecks so many lives”.

The UK government is looking at a minimum price of 40p.

He cited claims from the former chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson that it could save 3,300 lives a year.

“So I think we should aim high and act now to save as many lives as possible and reduce the collateral damage to the families of those who misuse alcohol,” he said.

Mr Smith was speaking ahead of a Panorama programme shown on Monday about older people and alcohol misuse.

He added: “Let’s hope the Prime Minister and newHealth Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will now deliver a minimum price per unit of alcohol. Should it be 50p per unit? I’m happy to start here and see if it’s effective.”

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12:00pm Wed 12 Sep 12

fiscas says...

Lets hope the House of Commons sets an example and increases their prices to match.
Lets hope the House of Commons sets an example and increases their prices to match. fiscas
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5:21pm Wed 12 Sep 12

Peter Marsh-Jenks, Abergavenny. says...

fiscas wrote:
Lets hope the House of Commons sets an example and increases their prices to match.
In your haste to have a pop at politicians you have failed to understand the issue. 50p per unit will have no impact on pub prices or for that matter clubs such as those MP's use. The minimum unit price will stop the sale of 'slabs' of booze under cost price by supermarkets who can afford to loss lead adn sod the consequences.
[quote][p][bold]fiscas[/bold] wrote: Lets hope the House of Commons sets an example and increases their prices to match.[/p][/quote]In your haste to have a pop at politicians you have failed to understand the issue. 50p per unit will have no impact on pub prices or for that matter clubs such as those MP's use. The minimum unit price will stop the sale of 'slabs' of booze under cost price by supermarkets who can afford to loss lead adn sod the consequences. Peter Marsh-Jenks, Abergavenny.
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7:54pm Wed 12 Sep 12

welshmen says...

If 40p per unit saves 3300 lives a year why not £1 per unit in Supper Markets that would save thousands more, take the VAT of at Public House outlets and we could save more Pubs, Supper Markets are killing our infrastructure, look at the no shops in the Town Center, it's the same in most Towns, Local tax the Supper Markets to help the private traders survive, ie cheaper Business Rates and rentable stores, free parking until Midday every day...
If 40p per unit saves 3300 lives a year why not £1 per unit in Supper Markets that would save thousands more, take the VAT of at Public House outlets and we could save more Pubs, Supper Markets are killing our infrastructure, look at the no shops in the Town Center, it's the same in most Towns, Local tax the Supper Markets to help the private traders survive, ie cheaper Business Rates and rentable stores, free parking until Midday every day... welshmen
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