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What we are doing

  • Last modified date:
    22 March 2011

On May 20, 2010 the Government launched “The Coalition: Our Programme for Government”. The document contained several commitments to tackle the harmful use of alcohol.

These include:

  • Banning the sale of alcohol below cost price.
  • Reviewing alcohol taxation and pricing to ensure it tackles binge drinking without unfairly penalising responsible drinkers, pubs and important local industries.
  • Overhauling the Licensing Act to give local authorities and the police much stronger powers to remove licences from, or refuse to grant licences to, any premises that are causing problems.
  • Allowing councils and the police to shut down permanently any shop or bar found to be persistently selling alcohol to children. 
  • Doubling the maximum fine for under-age alcohol sales to £20,000.
  • Permitting local councils to charge more for late-night licences to pay for additional policing.

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Next Steps on Alcohol Labelling

The Government has published the report of the consultation on labelling which took place in 2010 and its response to it.

Responsibilty Deal Launched

The Responsibility Deal has been established to tap into the potential for businesses and other organisations to improve public health and tackle health inequalities through their influence over food, alcohol, physical activity and health in the workplace.

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