'Councils to get drink price powers' – report

17 October, 2010

The government is preparing to give local authorities new powers to tackle action against supermarkets and off-licences running cheap alcohol promotions, according to a report in today’s Sunday Telegraph.

The report says that ministers will put responsibility for binge drinking into councils’ courts as part of its big drive towards promoting local responses to problems.

It says that the move will give councils the power to act if supermarket deals “seriously undercut prices charged at local pubs”.

In August, David Cameron said he looked “sympathetically” at plans by councils in Greater Manchester to introduce a unilateral minimum pricing scheme.




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