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Welsh MUP Bill receives Royal Assent

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Welsh MUP Bill receives Royal Assent 12th August 2018

The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill has received Royal Assent.

The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Act 2018 is part of the Welsh Government’s wider efforts to “reduce excessive drinking, recognising the impacts it can have on people’s health and well-being.”

According to the Welsh Government: “The new law will address longstanding and specific health concerns around the effects of excess alcohol consumption, which is estimated to lead to nearly 55,000 alcohol-related hospital admissions a year, costing the Welsh NHS over £150m annually. In 2016, there were 504 alcohol-related deaths in Wales.”

The Bill was approved by the National Assembly for Wales in June.

First Minister, Carwyn Jones said:

“This legislation takes a sensible, targeted approach to a very real and evident problem in Wales today, by tackling the availability and affordability of cheap, strong alcohol.

“In Wales, we have a proud tradition of taking action to protect the health of the public. This new law is part of our wider efforts to improve and protect the health of the population of Wales.”

The new Act will allow Welsh Ministers to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol supplied in Wales.  It will make it an offence for alcohol to be supplied below a minimum price made up of that minimum unit price, the strength of the alcohol and its volume, specifically targeting cheap, strong alcohol.

The new minimum pricing regime is currently expected to come into force during the summer of 2019.

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