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Clampdown on Youth Drinking Widens its Impact

An award-winning campaign aimed at tackling underage drinking by raising awareness of the negative effects and offence of buying alcohol for under 18s, known as a proxy purchase, is now running in three new areas of Scotland, with more aiming to come on stream.

The ‘You’re Asking For It’ campaign was first trialled in Motherwell and Wishaw in 2015, followed by Leith in 2016 and was delivered North Lanarkshire wide in 2017. At an event in Motherwell earlier this year campaigners shared experience of delivering the campaign and its impact. The event with attendees from local authorities, Police Scotland, retail sector, alcohol producer’s health workers and more also saw the launch of the website www.youreaskingforit.com aimed at supporting those areas who wished to roll out the campaign. As a result the campaign is currently running across Glasgow; Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire and Burntisland, Fife with more areas looking to run the campaign, including Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverclyde.

John Lee, Chair of the SAIP Campaigns Group and Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Scottish Grocers’ Federation said:

Interest in the campaign has been high. It is great seeing other parts of Scotland picking it up and rolling it out.  We know from our evaluation this campaign has a positive impact in tackling underage drinking. We will be assessing the results from the new areas running the campaign to feed into our plans for 2019. Our aim is to see it rolled out nationally

Personal Licence Renewals – SGF Says ‘No’ to Retailer Fees

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation has just submitted its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on introducing a fee for applying to renew a personal licence. The Licensing (Scotland) 2005 Act requires those who authorise the sale of alcohol to possess a personal licence and for it to be renewed every ten years. With the licensing regime contained in the 2005 Act going live in September 2009, the ten year point will be reached in September 2019. Many retailers will therefore fall into the first phase of renewal applications which opens on 31 August 2018.

 Commenting of the consultation, SGF Policy Officer, Luke McGarty said: 

“The Scottish Grocers’ Federation believe that the fee for renewal of a personal licence represents another cost for retailers who are themselves licence holders. The consultation highlights that nearly sixty thousand individuals across Scotland hold a personal licence. This being the case, the cost to renew all of them – if the renewal fee was set at £50 – would be approximately £3 million onto business and retailers. 

This is an additional cost which convenience retailers could do without and we believe that alternatives – such as removing the renewal requirement in Scotland altogether - need to be considered by the Scottish Government before any decision is taken.” 

The absolute deadline for submitting renewal applications is 31st May 2019.

 

Minimum Unit Pricing Calculator

From 1st May 2018 retailers will no longer be legally allowed to sell alcohol below 50 pence per unit.

Enter the ABV and and ml volume (e.g. for a 400ml can, enter '400') using the tool below to see the impact.

This calculator gives the MUP for 1 bottle or can, for multipacks simply multiply the MUP price by the number of bottles/cans in the multipack.

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