Minimum Pricing Plans for Manchester
The leaders of the ten separate councils of Greater Manchester have drawn up the draft for a by-law to introduce a minimum price for alcohol sales. This would make it the first UK area to effectively outlaw cheap drink. The new price of 50 pence per alcohol Unit will raise the in-store prices of alcohol to at least £4.50 for a bottle of wine, and at least £5.50 for a two litre bottle of cider. The law also intends to focus on pub and bar ‘loyalty card’ schemes that encourage either binge drinking or multi-buy purchasing.