SWA calls on UK government to freeze duty on Scotch ahead of the Autumn Statement

Nearly three quarters of Scots believe locally distilled whisky is taxed at an unfair rate compared to European equivalents, according to a survey funded by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Scotland’s national drink is currently taxed 76% higher than the EU average for spirits, according to the SWA, which has called on the UK government to freeze tax rises on whisky at the next Autumn Statement this November.

The freeze on spirits excise duty announced by the Chancellor in November 2017 has delivered £1.6bn for the Treasury in the period February to July – a 7.5 percent (£114m) increase on revenues during the same period in 2017.

“The Scotch Whisky industry is working hard to boost our exports and improve trading conditions for Scotch all over the world, said Karen Betts, chief executive of the SWA.

“As we do so, we are calling on the government to recognise the contribution we make to the UK’s balance of trade in goods and back us at home.

“It is inconceivable France would hamstring its wine industry through heavy taxation.

“The evidence shows that a continued freeze would not only deliver greater revenue for the Treasury, but also help to support an industry that has invested more than £500m in capital projects over the last five years.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Group Stock Analyst

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

Global Head of Trade Marketing

Atom Brands
Tonbridge, UK

Brand Manager - NPD & Go to Market

Maverick Drinks
London, UK

Sales Operations Executive

Enotria Winecellars Ltd
London, UK

Brand Manager Marketing Entry Level

Distell International Ltd
London or Glasgow

Brand Manager - Maternity Cover

Hatch Mansfield
Ascot, Berkshire

Finance Manager

The Benevolent, the Drinks Industry Charity
London

Customer Service Executive

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

Trade Marketing Manager

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

Pink Rosé Festival

Cannes,France
7th Feb 2019

IBWSS UK

London,United Kingdom
11th Mar 2019
Click to view more

Fortified Masters 2018

Deadline : 23rd November 2018

The Global Riesling Masters 2018

Deadline : 26th November 2018

Click to view more

The Global Syrah Masters 2018

the drinks business is proud to announce The Global Syrah Masters 2018.

The Global Malbec Masters 2018

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2018.

Click to view more