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Minimum unit price to jump 30%

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The Scottish parliament has voted to increase the minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol by 15p to 65p – a rise of 30%.

MUP has been set at 50p since Scotland became the first country in the world to implement such a policy in May 2018. The increase is intended to counteract the effect of price inflation.

The new level comes into force from 30 September. It means the minimum price for a 70cl bottle of 37.5% ABV spirits will increase from £13.13 to £17.06.

A sunset clause in the MUP legislation meant the current rules would expire at the end of April but MSPs voted by 88 to 28 in favour of extending them – with the increase thrown in.

It is estimated there are 24 alcohol-related deaths in Scotland every week, with around 700 people hospitalised over the same period.

Drugs and Alcohol Policy Minister Christina McKelvie said: “We believe the proposals strike a reasonable balance between public health benefits and any effects on the alcoholic drinks market and impact on consumers. Evidence suggests there has not been a significant impact on business and industry as a whole, but we will continue to monitor this.”

Retailers can calculate both the current and forthcoming minimum prices of any alcoholic product on the Scottish Grocer’s Federation website.

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