Minimum alcohol pricing

Two bars in Newcastle are set to become the first in the UK to be licensed to sell alcohol at a minimum price - in excess of a pound per unit.

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Council backs city minimum alcohol pricing

Two bars in Newcastle will become the first in the UK to sell alcohol at a new minimum price.

The bars which will open on Grey Street in the city centre will have to set prices of at least one pound twenty five per unit.

That's nearly three times the current rate of forty five pence.

The council have agreed the new price with the bar owners saying it will control alcohol related crime in Newcastle.

Premium bars will maintain Grey Street standards

Two bars in Newcastle are set to become the first of their kind, and in the UK, as they will be licensed to sell alcohol at a minimum price in excess of one pound per unit.

The new units at Decantus and the Grey Street Cafe Bar and Grill have been given the licenses on the condition that alcohol is sold at a minimum price of £1.25 per unit - nearly three times the current 45p per unit price.

The £1.25 figure has been set to maintain standards and keep Grey Street as the city's premier street. Newcastle City Council, who are running the initiative, also believe the measure will maintain the quality of the city centre, control crime and disorder and improve health.

"Newcastle is leading the way nationally on this issue and many other councils like us with a world class night life and destination to manage will follow in our footsteps.

The Government should take our lead by doing what they can to be tougher on the supermarkets, who have caused the crisis of low cost binge drinking. Only they can tackle this problem."

– Councillor Henri Murison, Newcastle City Council

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Bars to set minimum price on alcohol

Bars set minimum alcohol price Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Two bars in Newcastle will become the first in the UK to sell alcohol at a new minimum price.

The bars, which will open on Grey Street, will have to set prices at at least £1.25 per unit.

The council agreed the new price with the bar owners to try to control alcohol related crime.

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