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Scottish Government Consultation: Alcohol - minimum unit pricing - continuation and future pricing Published Date: 21/09/2023

The Scottish Government is consulting on whether it should continue the MUP scheme beyond the current date it expires on 30 April 2024.  They are also consulting on plans to raise the MUP to 65p per unit (currently 50p per unit).

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the Scottish Government proposes laying the necessary legislation to ensure the effect of MUP continues after 30 April 2024. This would be done by Scottish Ministers laying Orders in Parliament by early 2024 to continue MUP beyond the initial six-year period.

The Scottish Government also proposes to revise the level of minimum unit price 65p per unit to provide what is says is a proportionate response to tackling alcohol harms. The consultation paper states that this 'strikes areasonable balance between public health benefits against the effects of any intervention in the alcoholic drinks market and subsequent impact on consumers.'

The Consultation will close on 22nd November 2023



The IoL will be responding to the consultation. If you would like to contribute to the IoL response, please contact the team via email to

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We are working with small groups of IoL members on all relevant consultations.  These consultation panels allow us to have discussions on consultation proposals and to develop an IoL response hearing from a sample of practitioners.

In some cases, we will still conduct member surveys, but if anyone wants to feed into the IoL response on any open consultation, please contact Sue Nelson via