Cut scotch whisky tax plea

By Tim Pauling

Published: 18/12/2013

A bid to cut the price of a dram has been launched in the run-up to Hogmanay.

The Scotch Whisky Association is urging Chancellor George Osborne to scrap the alcohol duty escalator – which automatically increases duty 2% above inflation – on grounds it is damaging the industry and hitting hard-pressed consumers.

The association believes “calling time” on the measure in the next budget would show that the government recognised the contribution the industry makes toward the UK economy.

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