Boost as PM backs minimum price bylaw plans

Boost as PM backs minimum price bylaw plans

Our Life welcomed the Prime Minister's reported comments today that he supports moves to ban cheap alcohol in Greater Manchester. David Cameron said he was ‘very supportive' of plans currently being explored by the region's 10 council chiefs to create a bylaw that would make it illegal for pubs and shops to sell alcohol for less than 50p per unit within their boundaries.

In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Mr Cameron said: "I think the idea of the councils coming together on this is a good one and we will certainly look at it very sympathetically."

Reacting to the Prime Minister's comments, Our Life chief executive Alison Giles said: "We welcome David Cameron's response to the minimum price bylaw proposal and hope that this signals that government will look sympathetically at legislation to address the pocket money pricing of alcohol that is such a concern for many people across the North West. Our Life has been talking to a number of authorities across the region about how a bylaw might work and the Prime Minister's comments are an encouraging sign that that the bylaw plan could gain wider support."

You can read the full interview with David Cameron here.

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