WSTA warns on potential price rules
Price restrictions on alcohol would have to be applied nationally to work effectively, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said.
In its response to the Home Office’s consultation on rebalancing the Licensing Act, the WSTA backs a ban on sales below the cost of duty and VAT, but says local settlements should be resisted.
Chief executive Jeremy Beadles said: “A system which produced different price restrictions in different areas would cause confusion for consumers and chaos for businesses.” In its submission, the WSTA cautions against increasing the power of local authorities to take summary action. It argues sufficient powers exist to root out irresponsible retailers and backs Community Alcohol Partnerships to tackle licensing issues on a local basis.
The Association of Convenience Stores warned in its submission that the government’s proposals would cost convenience retailers at least £11 million. Chief executive James Lowman said the changes would be “a disaster for local shops”.