Drop local minimum price plans, council urged

28 August, 2013

A Cheshire councillor has called on his own local authority to scrap plans for a minimum unit price on alcohol.

Cheshire East Council wants to team up with as many local authorities as it can to introduce a byelaw setting a minimum unit price for alcohol across the north west.

But UKIP councillor Brian Silvester has called on the council to scrap the plans, the Crewe Chronicle reported.

Silvester said: “Not a penny of the increased cost will go to help people with an alcohol problem, it will all go to increase the profits of the retailers and manufacturers.

“Instead of posturing like this the council would be better advised to offering more help for those that have a problem with alcohol. This nonsensical policy needs to be dropped immediately. It is pointless spending council taxpayers' money on a policy that can’t possibly work and would be subject to a strong legal challenge.”

Prime minister David Cameron dropped plans to introduce a national minimum unit price on alcohol last month.




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