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We invite comments on the proposed minimum price of 50 pence per unit which is set out in the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument at Annex A.

We invite comments on the proposed minimum price of 50 pence per unit which is set out in the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument at Annex A .
Consultation: We invite comments on the proposed minimum price of 50 pence per unit which is set out in the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument at Annex A . Perth & Kinross ADP would like to take this opportunity to lend their support to the proposal of introducing a minimum price of 50 pence per unit; this is a significant and long overdue decision and we would hope that this will begin to have a positive impact on the health and social circumstances of our most vulnerable alcohol users. However, this will need careful monitoring and support services need to be sufficiently resourced to respond to emerging need. Perth & Kinross ADP supports the views of our Alcohol Focus Scotland colleagues as stated within their own consultation response. There is a significant international evidence base regarding the impact of minimum unit pricing on public and personal health and associated social harms and the introduction of a 50 pence per unit minimum price seems proportionate at the present time in terms of “striking a balance between public health and social benefits and intervention in the market” (Scottish Government, 2012). However we would hope that there is the capacity to review the rate set for minimum unit pricing built into the framework for implementation so as to take into account the impact of things such as inflation and market changes on the actual effectiveness of minimum unit pricing.

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Laura Kerr

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