‘Cost of booze needs to go up’

Sunday Sun - - Comment&analysis -

ONE thing that was miss­ing from the Bud­get was mea­sures to push up the cost of booze, ac­cord­ing to North Ty­ne­side MP Mary Glin­don.

The Chan­cel­lor kept the cost of a pint down. But this ac­tu­ally ben­e­fits su­per­mar­kets more than strug­gling pubs, ac­cord­ing to the Labour MP, and will lead to more death and ill­ness caused by al­co­hol.

She told the House of Com­mons: “Cuts in duty do not ben­e­fit pubs be­cause su­per­mar­kets con­tinue to un­der­cut pub prices, and big brew­ers re­tain the sav­ings. We do not pro­tect peo­ple or pubs by al­low­ing su­per­mar­kets to sell al­co­hol more cheaply than water for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple to drink at home alone or on our streets.”

She called for laws to end the sale of cut-price al­co­hol, say­ing: “From pub land­lords to health or­gan­i­sa­tions, there is strong agree­ment that we need a min­i­mum unit price to help to com­bat the sale of cheap al­co­hol in shops and the im­pact that has on our com­mu­ni­ties. The Chan­cel­lor needs to lis­ten to those groups and cross-party ad­vice, and re­think his strat­egy on al­co­hol to sup­port our great lo­cal pubs and to pri­ori­tise al­co­hol harm re­duc­tion.” North Ty­ne­side MP Mary Glin­don

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