Whisky jobs could be put at risk, warn industry leaders

By Ross Davidson

Published: 21/03/2013

Whisky industry chiefs have accused the chancellor of putting jobs and investment in the vital sector at risk.

They claimed he had used his Budget to launch an “unfair and incomprehensible attack” on distillers and warned it could have a serious impact in their Moray heartland.

While beer drinkers raised a glass to George Osborne for scrapping a planned tax rise, whisky producers turned on him after he confirmed the duty escalator for other alcohol would remain in place.

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