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From Tuesday 1 May 2018 new legislation around the sale price of alcohol may impact the colleague member discount you get when you buy alcohol in our stores in Scotland.

From 1 May it will be an offence to sell alcohol in Scotland below a fixed price (50p per unit of alcohol). There’s already similar legislation elsewhere in the UK, but Scotland has set a higher minimum sales price.

As a colleague member you’d normally receive 10% discount on all products in store, including alcohol and 20% on own-brand products for the Friday and Saturday following payday, with a small number of exceptions*.

From 1 May our tills in store won’t allow any alcohol products to be sold below the minimum permitted sales price, which means in some cases you might not get the full discount on certain products. However, for the majority of alcohol sales your discount won’t be affected.

*(including cigarettes and tobacco, gift vouchers, savings stamps, postage stamps, telephone cards (including mobile phone top-ups), fireworks and sparklers, all lottery tickets and scratchcards, medicines (including vitamins and minerals), infant formula, top-ups to utility meter keys, purchases from vending machines and purchases of fuel, oil and other motoring services).

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  1. One would hope if our colleagues have a drink problem they’d be getting offered the support they need . . .

  2. I agree with this move and welcome the same in England and Wales whenever this comes to pass. Humanity have proven in the main they can’t motivate themselves to do much without a stinger to their pockets!
    Look at the carrier bag levy. Prior to this carrier bag usage was through the roof, despite plights from environmentalists to say this was having a devastating affect on nature and wildlife. Ask for 5p for single use bags and low and behold there are millions of less bags used in shops and supermarkets. Heavily taxing cigarettes has worked to reduce smoking too. It’ll be interesting to see if the sugar tax has an effect, but history seems to suggest it will.

  3. “There’s already similar legislation elsewhere in the UK…”. Is there? Whereabouts?

    • I was intrigued about that part too, so had a quick look on Google:

      A ban on selling alcohol below a “permitted price” has been in place since 28 May 2014. This was introduced through the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Conditions) Order 2014. The permitted price is defined as the level of alcohol duty plus VAT. This means that a can of average strength lager cannot be sold for less than 41p and a standard bottle of vodka cannot be sold for less than £9.06.

  4. This whole idea seems to have been implemented by people in their ivory towers who have no clue to how people with alcohol dependency think. All that will happen now is that these unfortunate people will now prioritise their regular ‘fix’ over food and bills. This will lead to higher crime levels as they try to pay for their alcohol.
    Anyway…that’s nothing to do with the news article I guess!

    • I’m not sure if I correctly understand this statement – Surely we don’t need to review prices to enable alcohol dependant people to buy their “fix” at a more cost effective price – The whole concept is to reduce the increasing abuse of alcohol and binge drinking culture.
      I would suggest that any right minded person would be happy to see a reduction in alcohol related issues.

      • This is totally missing the point and insulting to suggest I wouldn’t want to ‘see a reduction in alcohol related issues’.
        All I am saying is people who are dependant on alcohol will find a way to buy their alcohol whatever you charge for it. If you charge £50 a bottle it wouldn’t reduce alcohol consumption it would just negatively impact on other areas, ie food, bills, personal neglect and crime.

        • With respect, I get the point, my comment reflects the concept that by increasing the cost of alcohol, the potential for developing an abusive and addictive relationship with alcohol will be reduced. It may even have a positive effect on those who are “dependant” on alcohol, hopefully encouraging sobriety and support to reduce the effects of their illness.

    • I think the legislation is more about preventing people becoming dependant, as you say Mark, once someone is dependant feeding that becomes their only goal, so the price is irrelevant, whether that be the cost at the till or the impact on their families. A sad truth for all forms of addiction, not just alcohol.

    • There is no reason to assume that the people in “their ivory towers” do not equally suffer from alcoholism, sadly this disease has no selection process,

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