Government set to tackle binge drinking with minimum pricing on alcohol

Government proposals aimed at tackling binge drinking culture in the UK could see a minimum price for alcohol set at 40 pence per unit. The proposals, which supporters say will only affect high-strength, budget alcohol, could see some supermarket products almost doubling in price. With the limit set at 40 pence per unit, extra strength lagers and ciders would be the worst hit, while most premium brands, wines and spirits will remain unchanged. A can of extra strength lager, which represents approximately 3 units, would have to be priced at a minimum of £1.20 – a price high above many current supermarket and corner shop deals. Supporters hope that higher prices will discourage binge drinkers from drinking too much, helping to lower alcohol-related crime rates and make town centres a safer place to be. However some politicians have been critical of the plans, claiming that minimum pricing will have a negative effect on the poorest sections of society and do nothing to tackle the real root of alcohol-related crime.  Please give us your thoughts and views on the above bar related news story by contacing us....

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Stealth tax for late night pubs and clubs

The Home Office is currently considering plans to allow local councils the option of a levy to cover the costs of late-night town management. The plan, which has been branded a ‘stealth tax’ by some, would see premises remaining open after midnight contributing to the costs of extra policing and other schemes which keep town centres under control late at night. The plan has been proposed to raise the burden on taxpayers who currently foot the bill for the services such as medical centres, taxi wardens, welfare officers and more. Under the new scheme, late night premises would be asked to contribute an annual fee relative to the size and scope of their business which would help fund initiatives to keep the town centre a safer place. Although the plans have been welcomed by many local councils concerned about the impact of late night drinking on their communities, many local licensees have expressed concern that such a levy could force many establishments to shut their doors early, leading to a loss of essential income and jobs. As always we are Bar News.co.uk are always willing to listen to the views of our readers, so please contact us with your opion on the above news story....

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Britain’s drought threat means beer prices could rise

As drought conditions spread across much of England and the government considers introducing hosepipe bans and other measures to conserve water, the dry conditions are having an adverse effect on much of the country’s native agriculture – including the barley and hops used to brew beer. Brewing has always been an industry sensitive to drought – the water-intensive process uses up to 5 pints of water to brew just a single pint of ale. And with water-conserving measures coming into play across the country, the industry is being dealt a double-whammy with the cost of barley and hops set to rise. After several dry winters and sunny summers, local crops are beginning to suffer and the less-than-average harvests will be reflected in the price of the barley and hops which are used to make British lagers and ales. This rise in the cost of brewing will inevitably be passed on to the drinker, making the gulf between pub and supermarket pricing wider than ever before. And while industry experts assure us it’s not time to panic yet, those who love drinking British beer without paying through the nose might do well to brush off their rain dance and hope for some seasonal showers. Please give us your thoughts and views on this topic....

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Alcohol price in 2012 budget

Alcohol price increase for this year is 2%, says George Osborne in he’s earlier budget today. This price increas is worked out to be approx. 10p per pint of beer. In an already suffereing industry this can be seen as a little set back. Although we all understand and reaslise that the bar and events industry is suffering due to peoples hospitalty budget being cut, this may not be what the industry was expecting in the budget earlier today. The Chancellor confirmed that there will be no change in alcohol duty and it will therefore increase by two per cent above inflation, which current stands at 3.4 per cent. The overall increase in alcohol will be four per cent and the changes will be effective from 6pm today. How do you feel about this? Do you thinks the increase in the price of alcohol is justified and do you have any additional comments on...

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St Patricks Day 2012

Saint Patrick’s day went with a swing this year. South East based Mobile Bar Hire started to distribute equipment customers have hired to make sure their Saint Patrick’s day is one to remember, or not. The company had started to install keg systems and draught beer to those who wish to celebrate this day in style. Keg hire is especially popular this time of year as people look to draught beer as their beverage of choice. Saint Patrick’s day is officially supposed to commemorate Saint Patrick who was one of the patron Saints of Ireland. The modern day festivity has become more of a celebration of Irish culture in general. In Britain it’s celebrated with a parade in London and people typically wear green and celebrate drinking Irish beer and other well known types of larger. As the celebration of this day has grown people are now holding more and more parties of their own all over the UK and more and more people are requiring bar equipment to celebrate in style. With the great POS kits (point of sale) been given to Mobile Bar Hire from Diageo, they took great pride in having their staff and also some of their clients at the event wearing some great Guinness t-shirts and hats. With yesterdays St Patricks day event hosted in London’s famous Trafalgar Square, I’m sure you’ll agree that St Patricks Day 2012 was agreat one to remember. Have you got any information on how you celebrated St Patricks Day or perhaps you’d like share some news regarding any other events?...

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