4. Our Youth Commission will explore the issues faced by young people in relation to misuse of alcohol beginning this spring and will report back with advice on actions which might be taken to address the issues they identify.
5. Over the course of the next year we will take forward work to review current advice to parents and carers around alcohol and associated issues in the context of this early years' framework, with input from the Youth Commission on Alcohol and Young People and other key stakeholders.
6. We will legislate to:
- place a duty on Licensing Boards to consider raising the minimum age for off-sales purchases within their area, or part of their area, to 21 when they are reviewing their licensing policy statements.
- enable Licensing Boards to apply such a condition without requiring a hearing in respect of every premise concerned.
- give the Chief Constable and the local Licensing Forum powers to request that the Licensing Board consider the matter of an age restriction at any time.
7. We will establish a legislative power to apply a Social Responsibility Fee.
We will establish in 2009 mechanisms to allow key stakeholders to assist us in developing the detail of the Social Responsibility Fee.
8. We are taking forward plans to arrange a survey of the incidence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Scotland. We have seconded fixed term project support to coordinate this work, working in collaboration with the academic sector, health professionals and other key stakeholders. We will hold a stakeholder conference in the spring to take this forward jointly with all key interests.
9. We will continue to work with our partners at national and local level to improve substance misuse education in schools. A workplan has been developed with tasks designed to lead to better partnership working, improved support for those delivering teaching, and better awareness of the available teaching resources, to be implemented before the end of 2010.
10. We will continue to support a number of third sector organisations to provide youth work and/or diversionary opportunities. Further funding announcements will follow.
11. We will work through 'Promoting Citizenship through Football - A Government and Football Partnership' to identify and take forward opportunities for joint working with football on tackling alcohol misuse.
12. A Project Board has been convened to drive forward work on improving identification and assessment of those affected by parental substance misuse and sharing of appropriate information amongst agencies; and building capacity, availability and quality of support services. We expect to make significant progress on implementing these actions over the course of the next year.
13. We will continue to work through the Scottish Government-led Scottish Age-restricted Products Enforcement Working Group, which has representatives from all key interests including the licensed trade and hospitality sector, ACPOS, and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, to identify any further steps which might be taken to ensure effective compliance with and enforcement of licensing laws.
14. We will undertake a review of how test-purchasing has been implemented in order to identify any lessons which can be learned and shared.
15. We will also work with Young Scot to further promote the Young Scot National Entitlement Card and to bolster its use and recognition as a proof of age card.
16. For this reason we will increase our funding for the Best Bar None scheme, to enable this to be extended more widely across Scotland.
17. We are working with local partners in Fife to pilot and evaluate a package of interventions in different locales, drawing on the experience of other partnerships, as well as social norms approaches. We hope that, in due course, the experience and lessons from the Fife pilot will be able to be drawn upon by other areas and adapted for their local circumstances.
18. Discussions are on-going about the scope for trading standards officers to be given a role, alongside the police, in enforcing licensing law in relation to off-sales and, specifically, in supporting test purchasing programmes.
19. We will develop sustained and tough enforcement measures such as the Safer Streets initiative, where we have provided over £2 million to Community Safety Partnerships to deliver extra initiatives to tackle alcohol-related violence and disorder over the festive period. We will also continue to support education initiatives such as Medics Against Violence, which involves a number of senior clinicians working with the Violence Reduction Unit to raise awareness amongst young people of the dangers of carrying a knife.
20. We will also focus on early intervention through the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence ( CIRV), the ground-breaking gang's initiative to tackle collective violence in the East End of Glasgow.
21. We will shortly publish a research report, which will set out a range of approaches that could be used across Scotland to support drunk and incapable adults. We will arrange an event for stakeholders to disseminate the findings and encourage the assessment of needs and development of appropriate approaches at a local level.
22. The Scottish Government continues to press the Department for Transport to give serious consideration to a reduction in the drink driving limit and the introduction of new police powers for random breath testing.