A new law introducing a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Wales has been granted Royal Assent by the Queen and is expected to come into effect in summer 2019.

The MUP value will be specified following a consultation, which will be launched this autumn.

NFRN national president Mike Mitchelson said: “The NFRN is supportive of MUP, as we believe it helps cut consumption from heavy drinkers while protecting independent store owners who are often targets of antisocial behaviour.

“It also allows independents to compete with multiple chains on pricing, and our members look forward to working with Alcohol Concern Wales and the Welsh government on shaping the legislation, to ensure it benefits independent retailers.”

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