Majority of Scots feel Whisky tax is unfair on Scotland
11 Oct 2018
The majority of Scots (58%) believe an increase in Scotch Whisky
excise duty would show that the UK government doesn't care about
the future Scotland, a new poll has found.
According to a Survation poll commissioned by the Scotch Whisky
Association, over two thirds (68 percent) of the population also
consider the present level of taxation unfair. Currently £3 in
every £4 spent on the average priced bottle of Scotch Whisky in the
UK goes directly to the Treasury in taxation.
The Scotch Whisky Association is calling on the UK Government to
continue to support Scotch Whisky at home through a duty freeze in
the Autumn Budget.
The freeze on spirits excise duty announced by the Chancellor in
November 2017 has delivered almost £2bn for the Treasury in the
period February to August - a 9.1 percent (£163m) increase on
revenues during the same period in 2017. Furthermore, new economic
analysis conducted by the Centre for Economic and Business
Research, shows that by continuing to freeze spirits duty, the
Chancellor can grow revenue by an additional £64m in 2019/20 and by
almost £200m by 2021.
Karen Betts, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association,
"Scotch Whisky producers are working hard to continue to boost
already record levels of exports, invest in communities across
Scotland, and generate billions for the Scottish economy. However,
to ensure our industry remains competitive as uncertainty over
Brexit persists, we are urging the UK government to support Scotch
by delivering a freeze in this year's Budget.
"Freezing duty on Scotch Whisky will underscore the UK
government's commitment to supporting Scotland's vibrant,
world-leading whisky industry. Importantly, it will also boost
government revenue, providing additional funds to help invest in
vital public services.
"We are calling on the Chancellor to support Scotch and signal
to the world that we are proud of Scotland's national drink and
eager to support its continued success."
Notes to editors
The survey was conducted by Survation between 29 August and 3
September 2018. This survey was conducted via an online panel and
had a sample size of 1,040 Scottish residents aged 18+.
Invitations to complete surveys were sent to members of the
panel. Differential response rates from different demographic
groups were taken into account.
When asked 'To what extent do you agree or disagree that
increasing duty on whisky would show that the Westminster
government doesn't care about Scotland?' 30% strongly agreed, 28%
somewhat agreed (NET AGREE 58%).