Minimum pricing announcement expected today

17 July, 2013

The government is expected to formally announce today that it has abandoned plans for minimum unit pricing and a ban on multibuys for alcohol in England and Wales.

Home Office minister Jeremy Browne will make a statement on the government's alcohol strategy at around 1.15pm.

Speculation has been rife since press reports last week suggested that the government would revert to its previous preferred policy of a ban on sales below cost. 

Expectation of a U-turn has already led to the Faculty of Public Health – which sets standards for public health professionals in the UK – quitting the government responsibility deal in protest.

Follow @OffLicenceNews on Twitter for the latest on this story as it unfolds.

Bookmark this

Site Search


English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

Click for more »
Upcoming events


Is blended Scotch overshadowed by single malt in retailers?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't know