Rethink on Alcohol Advertising Ban
The new First Minister of Scotland Humza Yousaf gave a speech to the Scottish Parliament outlining policy priorities for his government. There were significant announcements on some our key campaigns in Scotland:
The First Minister announced a re-set of the process on alcohol advertising restrictions, recognising that the measures proposed late last year were of serious concern to business. He has asked Scottish Government officials to re-set the process and engage with the alcohol industry and public health bodies before coming back with new proposals.
A big thank you to the hundreds of members who took part in the e-lobby as part of the consultation on alcohol advertising earlier in the year. We will now be contacting the Scottish Government about taking part in this new process to ensure that the voice of the consumer is heard.
Commenting on the decision by Scotland’s First Minister to o go back to the drawing board on restrictions on alcohol advertising, CAMRA’s Scottish Director Stuart McMahon said:
“Going back to the drawing board on plans to restrict alcohol advertising is also the right thing to do. Previous plans for a draconian ban on advertising and promotion would have been devastating – demonising the vast majority of those who consume alcohol responsibly and damaging the viability of small, local pubs and breweries in Scotland.”