MSPS CLASH OVER ALCOHOL PRICE HIKE
Gillian McGee • Published 19 May 2012 09:30 0 Comments
FOLLOWING the announcement that the Scottish Government will seek a minimum price for alcohol of 50p per unit SNP and Labour politicians in Ayrshire clashed over the content of the bill.
The announcement was made by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon MSP on Monday and it is hoped the price hike will herald health benefits for the public. The move is shortly to start the final stage of the parliamentary process and if passed it would see the cheapest bottle of wine available for £4.69, while a four-pack of lager would cost at least £3.52.
However, critics say the supermarkets will see a cash windfall from the Bill and families on low incomes will be left feeling the pinch.
For the full story see this week's Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald.