Scotch Whisky Association calls for government to ditch tax increase

The Scotch Whisky Association has called for the new Prime Minster to abandon plans for an RPI increase on spirits duty.

The association has already warned that over half of Scotch whisky distillers have seen their costs double in the last 12 months and expect further increases in the next year.

“Ahead of the Autumn Budget, it is vital that the UK government abandons the planned RPI increase on spirits duty. An RPI increase – in the region of 12% – would compound the cost of business pressures companies are facing, with already significant supply chain inflation and volatility, add at least 95p of duty alone onto every bottle of Scotch Whisky, and further fuel inflation,” Mark Kent, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said.

“Economic growth has been a priority for Liz Truss during the campaign, and the Scotch Whisky industry is an example of how home-grown sectors can drive growth by attracting investment, creating jobs and increasing government revenue,” he added.

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