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
"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."