WSTA warns against local price rules

08 September, 2010

Price restrictions on alcohol would have to applied nationally to work effectively the Wine & Spirit Association has said.

In its response to the Home Office’s consultation on rebalancing the Licensing Act, the WSTA backs a ban on sales below the cost of duty and VAT, but says local settlements should be resisted.

Chief executive Jeremy Beadles said: “It is clear that any initiative to address below-cost selling must be agreed nationally if it is too work effectively.

“A system that produced different price restrictions in different areas would cause confusion for consumers and chaos for businesses.”

In its submission, the WSTA cautions against increasing the power of local authorities to take summary action. It argues that sufficient powers exist to root out irresponsible retailers and backs local Community Alcohol Partnerships to tackle licensing issues on a local basis.




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