ACS criticises Cameron’s support for local minimum pricing on alcohol

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ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has criticised David Cameron’s support for local minimum alcohol pricing. The Prime Minister made the comments in an interview with the Manchester Evening News, where he said the plans to introduce a minimum unit price of 50p in Greater Manchester would be looked at ‘sympathetically’.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “While it is important that communities have the ability to influence the licensing policy and act to tackle alcohol related problems, it is also important that what they do is evidence-based and effective.

“The Government has already concluded minimum pricing would not be an effective tool in tackling problem drinking so it is difficult to understand why David Cameron would support the policy at a local level.

“If local minimum pricing is implemented, local shops and national businesses alike will be hit hard by people shopping elsewhere so that they can avoid the restrictions. The Prime Minister’s comments are irresponsible at a time when many local shops are fighting just to stay open.”