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York wants powers to manage alcohol pricing

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3:52pm 2nd March 2012

City of York Council has called on the government to provide local authorities with powers to manage discounted alcohol promotions.

Councillor James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, has written to the Minister of State for crime prevention and antisocial behaviour reduction, Lord Henley, asking him to look at strengthening local authorities' regulatory powers.

In his letter, Councillor Alexander said:

"I have become increasingly aware that there are significant problems in the city's local night time economy resulting from 'price wars' between licensed premises (bars and clubs) offering reduced entrance charges and discounted alcohol prices….the damaging effects of this type of promotion on crime and disorder, public safety, and individual health, and the viability of local businesses is undermined by this irresponsible approach to pricing.  

"Our experience in challenging such promotions is that venues in York are using a loophole in the regulations and stating that their alcohol prices are not 'promotional' but are a policy of the venue. York is not alone in its struggle to contain the damaging and costly effects of the lack of regulatory control in this area. I urge you to strengthen the powers of the local authority to take prompt action."

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