Alcohol Policy

A framework for managing the night time economy in Wales

The Welsh Government are consulting on a framework to be provided to local authorities and stakeholders to assist them in developing and delivering local plans to address drug and alcohol related anti-social behaviour. They intent to do this by tackling the availability of alcohol by the enforcement of licensing regulations.

The original consultation can be viewed via the link below.

ACS will be circulating a draft response to members before submitting to government.

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Minimum Unit Pricing Consultation

The Welsh Government launched a consultation on their draft Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill, which would introduce a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol.

ACS highlighted that positive progress is already being made to tackle alcohol-related harm. We emphasised that tackling alcohol harm is more complex than just increasing price and encouraged the Welsh Government to focus on partnership working, and tackling the illicit trade, to reduce alcohol-related harm.

The original consultation and ACS' response can be viewed via the links below:

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The Institute of Licensing’s Consultation: Guidance on Premises Licence Conditions

The Institute of Licensing is consulting members and stakeholders about its draft Guidance on Premises Licence Conditions for the Licensing Act 2003.

The project was a response to the legacy of the Licensing Act transition, and the continuing inconsistency in the approach to licence conditions, illustrated through licences overloaded with conditions, together with unenforceable and inappropriate conditions.

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HSCIC: Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England: Consultation

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is the trusted national provider of high-quality information, data and IT systems for health and social care.

The HSCIC are currently reviewing the format and content of the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use survey and are consulting with users to ensure the survey continues to be relevant and to meet users’ needs. They are presenting users with three options for the content of the surveys that will definitely go ahead in 2016 and 2018.

The HSCIC features in-depth questions on alcohol and tobacco use by pupils aged 11-15.

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Alcohol and Substance Misuse (Wales)

The Health and Social Care Committee National Assembly for Wales is holding an inquiry into alcohol and substance abuse. The terms of reference include the effects of alcohol and substance misuse in Wales, the effectiveness of existing policies and what services are available to raise awareness of the impact of harm.

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