Alcohol Duty Review Is A Missed Opportunity

30 Nov 2010

"The Treasury review is a missed opportunity to introduce a modern alcohol duty system that is simple and transparent. Scotch Whisky is a uniquely British product, adversely affected by the historic inequality in the duty regime. We encourage the Government to address this.

"Taxing all drinks on the same basis, according to alcohol content, is the fairest, most responsible way to tax alcohol. It would also secure over £1bn a year extra tax revenue for the Government.

"The higher duty levied on Scotch Whisky means the tax gap with other drinks will widen when VAT increases in January. We will continue to argue for fundamental reform of the alcohol duty system in the run up to next year's Budget."