Fast on the heels of yesterday’s post about the North East …….
Now that much public health responsibility has been devolved downwards decisions are made locally and now the local councils are turning up the heat about alcohol MUP as reported in the Northern Echo at the end of January.
The North-East’s biggest council has called for the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol.
Durham County Council passed a motion calling on all political parties to go into May’s General Election proposing a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol sold.
It also called for a comprehensive review of licensing laws to ensure councils can tackle alcohol-related problems and an urgent review of alcohol advertising, including banning it from cinemas except when 18-rated films are being shown and professional sport.
Councillor Nigel Martin said hospital accident and emergency departments were under massive stress and alcohol abuse was a big factor.
Cllr Lucy Hovvels said alcohol-related harm cost County Durham more than £200m a year, including £50m through the NHS, £51m in crime, £95m in workplace impact and £16m for social care.
The Scottish government has already backed a minimum unit price, but the law is being challenged by parts of the drinks industry.
The Government has banned the sale of below-cost alcohol in England and Wales.
I don’t know about you but it seems like the noise about this is becoming deafening and hard to ignore …. and yet ignore they do. What’s that about then our elected representatives in govt??