Distillers urge Treasury to slash ‘gin and tonic tax’ to boost spirits

Spirits in this country remain among the highest taxed in the world with almost £3 in every £4 going to the Treasury.

There has been a boom since 2014 when freezes and cuts in tax have seen revenues rise by nearly a quarter to £735 million.

Tory MP John Lamont MP said: “As people in the UK continue to drink less but drink better, the Government’s support for spirits in recent years has been good news for small businesses, jobs and anyone who enjoys a well-earned gin or Scotch.

“These numbers show that it has also proved just the tonic for public finances.”

A Treasury spokesperson said: “We keep all taxes under review and have saved drinkers and businesses over £5.2bn thanks to changes to alcohol duties we have made since 2013”.

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