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9th February 2024

Beer & Pub Association Responds to MUP increase

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) have responded to today’s [Thursday] announcement from the Scottish Government that following their consultation, Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) will continue beyond 30 April and be increased to 65 pence per unit (ppu).

Commenting, CEO of the Scottish Beer and Pub Association, Emma McClarkin said:

“The decision to press ahead with a significant increase to MUP is disappointing, especially during a cost-of-living crisis. The vast majority of people consume alcohol responsibly and this increase will put further pressure on strained household budgets.

“The evaluation also showed no substantial evidence of the policy working. The future introduction of a DRS will also interact with MUP, particularly lower strength products such as beer and likely distort consumer behaviour, which has not been considered. We strongly advise the Scottish Government to reconsider the increase at this time and instead look towards targeted interventions which have a proven record in tackling alcohol misuse.” 


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Paul Togneri;

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