Well, this is rather the point

Although those price rises are rather fierce.

The Scottish government’s 50p minimum unit price for alcohol, which comes into force on 1 May 2018, will have a dramatic impact on prices, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Some cider products will rise in price by as much as 90%, according to the IFS briefing note, which also found prices would increase across all alcohol types. The price of a 20 x 440ml pack of Strongbow would double, while a bottle of Tesco cream sherry would increase by 20%.

The minimum pricing policy, which comes into force after a five-year legal battle between the Scottish government and the Scotch Whisky Association, is intended to stop the sale of cut-price, high-alcohol drinks such as cider.

The IFS found that almost 70% of the alcohol units bought in supermarkets and off-licences across the UK between October 2015 and September 2016 were priced below 50p per unit. With a 50p minimum unit price, the cost of these products would increase on average by at least 35%, with lager and cider most affected.

I still don’t understand why they’re doing it this way. Why not change the duty levels? Why give the rise in margins to the retailers/manufacturers?

23 comments on “Well, this is rather the point

  1. Because they don’t have that power, do they? Didn’t think that was devolved. The side effect is that they can get extra aroused knowing that this is proper puritanical bansturbation decree not a sneaky tax raising rouse.

  2. Note that this was fought by people who, in general, make their money on premium drinks already above the threshold.

  3. Solution – devolve duty levels to regional governments.
    And minimum wage setting, farms, fisheries and everything else. Oh sod it, let’s call it independence lite.

  4. I wonder what the porridge wogs will think of their Bucky going up so much? Will they finally get rid of the SNP? Probably not – too bloody thick.

  5. Abacab

    “Note that this was fought by people who, in general, make their money on premium drinks already above the threshold.”

    Still logical, if you’re concerned the threshold could move in future.

  6. Divide and conquer, retailers would object to the duty hike as would customers. Retailers will not complain, or complain less, if the money goes in their pockets. Govt still makes a cut re the extant taxes. It is not about benefiting the public, it is about control.

    As with the smoking ban; they got the pubs to enforce it under penalty of being prosecuted for permitting smoking on their premises.

    Typical socialists.

  7. Socialist divide and conquer. They think retailers will go along with their plans cos their drop in sales will be compensated by the proceeds of SNP thieving.

    A silly idea if they are angling for massive drops in drinking.

    The sovietscum couldn’t stop boozing with death penaltys at their command. These SNP dickwads think that they are so much more capable?

    A very large joke. But it should help undermine the SNP scum. Its not, after all, an English plan is it?

  8. I still don’t understand why they’re doing it this way. Why not change the duty levels?

    Because increases in alcohol duty would affect them. This way shafts the poor without cost to them. All part of the middle-class war on working class tastes (see also on food and travel).

  9. Retailers just north of the border must be quaking in their boots whereas retailers just south of the border must be licking their lips.

  10. You may think this stupid, but there’s plenty of prior evidence that this show will be likely to be “coming to a place near you” soon enough.

  11. I still don’t understand why they’re doing it this way. Why not change the duty levels?

    I believe that as Alchohol Duty is controlled by the Treasury, it would not be legal to vary it regionally within the confines of an EU country, and I think the legal challenge on that (originally intended implementation plan) basis was successful. So it’s all the UK or nothing.

    I hope this plan spells doom for the SNuts at the next election for both the SP and Westminster.

  12. I’m wondering how the plans are going for the Mother of All Cash and Carry’s near Berwick on Tweed.

  13. Somebody ought to be careful about opening that, they’re probably still at war with North Korea in Berwick.

  14. What would be the legality of a loyalty card scheme that provided ‘points’ that effectively made the drinks the same price they used to be? If all the additional money goes to the retailer, surely its then his to dispose of as he sees fit? So buy 10 bottles of Buckfast at the new minimum price, get enough points to get a bottle or two free? Or however many you would have got for the same money at the old price? Or cash back – buy X bottles at full price, get £Y in cash back, maybe after a certain period?

  15. And incidentally, why would you need to open a cash and carry the other side of the border? All it needs is an England based alcohol company to open a ‘mail order fulfilment warehouse’ (that looks suspiciously like a shop) in Scotland. Order via the net direct to the English company, visit shop to pick up previously ordered (and paid for) goods. No money changes hand in Scotland. If necessary the warehouse can be owned and run by a different company to the retail operation.

  16. Get a job at Stirling Health Foods or a similar operation selling and giving advice on home brewing. Based on previous attempts to raise alcohol prices by the paternal State they’re about to get a whole lot busier and working there will be a lot more fun. History repeating itself.

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