Alcohol Policy

Lords Committee Fails to Address Duty Fraud in EU Alcohol Strategy Report

Written by Victoria Cummins

The House of Lords European Union Committee have failed to acknowledge action against duty fraud in their recommendations on the future of the EU Alcohol Strategy. In the report, the Committee acknowledges that alcohol duty fraud costs the Exchequer £1.3bn annually, but falls short of making any specific recommendations to tackle the problem. ACS chief […]

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Home Office Will Not Introduce Locally Set Licensing Fee

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Home Office have confirmed today that they will not allow councils to set licensing fees locally. ACS chief executive, James Lowman, said: “We are pleased that the Government has listened to our concerns about locally set licensing fees and recognised the certainty and consistency that centrally set fees provides retailers. The power for retailers to nominate […]

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ACS Welcomes Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme

Written by Victoria Cummins

New measures announced in the Finance Bill today will introduce an Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) in an attempt to tackle the illicit and non-duty paid alcohol market. The AWRS will provide retailers and enforcement agencies with certainty about the legitimacy of alcohol wholesalers and make it more difficult for rogue wholesalers to sell illicit […]

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ACS Welcomes Simplified Personal Licence Renewal Procedure

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has welcomed the Home Office’s simplified personal licence renewal application process for retailers prior to the implementation of the Deregulation Bill in early 2015. On Friday (28th November), the Home Office confirmed that they would be simplifying the renewal procedure for licensees who need to renew their personal licences between now and early 2015. […]

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ACS Responds to Alcohol Health Lobby Manifesto

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has responded to the 2015 Manifesto published by the All Party Group on Alcohol Misuse. The Group, which is a forum for MPs and Peers sympathetic to the policy objectives of alcohol health campaigners, has set out a ten point wish list of measures they would like to see imposed by the next Government. […]

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ACS Calls for Consistency & Clarity in Use of Health Data in Alcohol Licensing

Written by Chris Noice

ACS has responded to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s consultation on preventing harmful alcohol use in the community, calling for any interventions made by public health agencies in local licensing matters to be based on the effective and consistent use of data. The consultation proposes a quality standard for the way local health evidence, […]

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Government Welcomes Industry Action to Tackle Irresponsible Drinking

Written by Chris Noice

Ministers have welcomed a package of measures announced by the alcohol industry targeted at tackling irresponsible drinking. The package includes a series of measures that are being taken forward by different companies and organisations across the industry: Retailers committing to the responsible display and promotion of alcohol in shops and supermarkets; and Producers calling time […]

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