Members of the public are being invited to attend a meeting in Morpeth on September 17 to give their views on the minimum unit pricing of alcohol.
Northumberland County Council will be hosting a debate, to discuss and hear the arguments for and against the Government’s current policy position regarding introducing measures to reduce the sale of cheap alcohol through a process known as minimum unit pricing.
The debate will help the council form a response to the Government’s consultation later this year and ensure the views of residents are taken on board.
There will be a panel of speakers including Professor Sue Milner, Director of Health and Public Protection; a representative from Balance, the regional alcohol office; the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police; trade representatives; Dr Record, a retired liver specialist. They will be able to answer your questions and queries.
The event is being organised by Northumberland County Council’s Communities and Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee which looks at services and issues that are important to the local community.
Councillor Glen Sanderson is chairman of the committee. He said:
“Local knowledge and feedback is really important to us. The debate will help highlight the implications, if the minimum pricing legislation is introduced, for communities and businesses within Northumberland.”
“The meeting will be friendly and informal and we hope people of all ages will come along, join in the discussions and share their views.”
The meeting will be held at the Corn Exchange in Morpeth Town Hall and will commence at 6.15pm. Parking is available free of charge in the town after 6pm.