Minimum alcohol unit price in Scotland to rise to 65p

The minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland is to be raised from 50p to 65p, it has been announced.

Deputy First Minister Shona Robison announced the plan on Thursday in a statement to Holyrood.

This means shops in Scotland will not be able to sell a bottle of wine for less than £6.09.

Scotland was the first country in the world to set a minimum price at which alcoholic drinks can be sold when the policy was introduced in May 2018.

A sunset clause in the legislation mean the current regulations will expire at the end of April.

The price hike will be subject to parliamentary approval.

Some groups representing the off-licence trade are opposed to any increase in MUP, while alcohol charities are supportive and say the minimum price needs to be increased due to inflation.

Ms Robison announced the plans in the place of the former Health Secretary Michael Matheson, who resigned on Thursday morning.

She said the increase was due to inflation and more action being required to combat alcohol-related health problems.

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