Community partnerships to arrive in new areas

10 December, 2010

A number of new Community Alcohol Partnerships are being lined up by the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group for early 2011.

New schemes are planned in Northampton, Daventry and Brackley in Northamptonshire, Biddulph in Stoke-on-Trent, Londonderry, King’s Lynn and the South Yorkshire towns of Penistone and Dearne.

The areas will join 26 others in 11 counties that have been set up following the success of a pilot scheme held in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, three years ago.

Philip Loring, CAP officer at the RASG, said he was pushing for extra funding for resources to put schemes in place as more local authorities expressed an interest.

CAP schemes aim to involve retailers, Trading Standards, police, schools, health bodies and other stakeholders in working together to tackle under-age drinking and related antisocial behaviour.

Loring said: “The success of schemes has been very significant so far. We have enough to keep us going with the commitments we have but any help we can get in helping to deliver CAPs to new areas would be worthwhile.

“Part of the aim of CAPs is to change people’s perceptions, so retailers are seen as part of the solution rather than the problem.

“You can do all the test purchases you like but it won’t change the fact that you can find young people sitting in the park drinking alcohol, because you need to give them something else to do.

“In 70% of cases that alcohol won’t have come from a direct retail source anyway, but from a proxy purchase or from their parents.”?The CAP scheme is funded by RASG mem­bers, including the big four supermarkets, Waitrose, the Co-op, Bargain Booze, M&S, leading discounters, Spar and Musgrave.

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