Pre-Budget Notice from Scotch Whisky Association

18 Mar 2014

Representatives of the SWA will be available for comment and interview on the day of the UK Budget, Wednesday 19 March.

We will also be issuing a statement on the day on any Budget announcements affecting the Scotch Whisky industry.

The SWA is part of the Call Time on Duty campaign calling for the alcohol duty escalator to be scrapped this year and excise duty frozen.

Here is a link to the SWA's UK Budget submission submitted to the Treasury /news-publications/publications/documents/swa-budget-submission-2014/

Key points:

  • Scotch Whisky in the UK is under sustained pressure from unfair annual above inflation excise duty increases. Last year Scotch Whisky volumes in the UK declined by 3%.
  • Nearly 80% of an average priced bottle of Scotch Whisky is tax and goes straight to the Exchequer. That means £4 in every £5 spent on a bottle of Scotch goes to the Chancellor.
  • Excise duty on Scotch has increased by 44% - or £2.42 a bottle - since the alcohol duty escalator was introduced.
  • Scotch Whisky drinkers pay 48% more duty on the same amount of alcohol than beer drinkers.
  • The Scotch Whisky industry believes strongly that enough is enough. The Chancellor should scrap the alcohol duty escalator this year and freeze duty.
  • Removing the escalator and freezing duty would be good for consumers, the government and business.

With media enquiries please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA communications manager, 0131 222 9230/07432 605385, or SWA government and communications director David Williamson: 0131 222 9226/07730 496 151 or email