On 15th November 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol. Originally proposed in 2012, the legislation has been held up by a legal challenge from the Scotch Whiskey Association (SWA).1 The defeat of their appeal means that the Scottish Government is now free to proceed with its plans to introduce a minimum price of alcohol, planned to be 50 pence per unit.

On 21 May the Health Secretary, Shona Robison, told MSPs that the scheme would come into force on 1st May 2018.

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