The Scottish Government paid thousands of pounds of taxpayers' cash for minimum unit pricing guidance that put retailers "at risk of prosecution", it has been revealed.
Health Secretary Shona Robison has acknowledged legislation will need to be redrawn after The Courier highlighted anomalies in the Minimum Unit Pricing rules brought in last month.
Sir, – Is it not wonderful to see people critical of the Scottish Government and the Parliament for at least trying to end the unhealthy relationship that some in Scotland have with alcohol?
Shona Robison has been told she has "no excuse" for failing to act over issues with minimum pricing legislation after being warned weeks before the new rules came into force.
A leading licensing expert has warned guidance endorsed by the Scottish Government on minimum unit pricing (MUP) could leave hundreds of well-meaning retailers open to prosecution.
South west Fife councillors are reluctant to endorse a blanket ban on new off sales licences.
The SNP’s minimum alcohol pricing will cost the Treasury £40m next year, according to official independent forecasts.