MUP goes live

THE long-awaited minimum unit price for alcohol comes into force today (Tuesday May 1).

As of today, it is now illegal for Scottish licensed premises to sell alcohol for less than 50p a unit.

Guidance issued by the Scottish Government states that the minimum price also applies to staff discounts and any promotions run by premises. While businesses are still able to run these initiatives, any promotional or discounted price must still be above the 50p minimum unit price.

The guidance also states that if an LSO is made aware of a premises selling alcohol at less than the minimum price, they may issue a notice to the licence holder. If that notice is not complied with the LSO can “make a referral to the licensing board for review of the licence”.

You can view the Scottish Government’s guidance here.