Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester is calling for plans for the minimum pricing of alcohol in Cheshire East (CE) to be scrapped.He said, "This proposal by the CE Council will not work and is very harmful to all those residents who drink sensibly. All this policy does is to increase, by around a third,by 33p in the pound, the cost of the favourite tipple for the vast majority of sensible drinkers. Not a penny of the increased cost will go to help people with an alcohol problem, it will all go to increase the profits of the retailers and manufacturers. Instead of posturing like this the Council would be better advised to offering more help for those that have a problem with alcohol. This nonsensical policy needs to be dropped immediately. It is pointless spending Council taxpayers money on a policy that can't possibly work and would be subject to a strong legal challenge. The government have dropped the idea because of this but the CE Council have got the blinkers on and seem determined to plough on regardless."
Cllr Brian Silvester
Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor
Cheshire East Council
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