Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson Welcomes Duty Freeze on Whisky


Local MSP, Finlay Carson, has welcomed the Chancellor’s duty freeze on whisky.


The freeze will mean that the price of a bottle of whisky will be £1.15 less than it otherwise would have been/

Freezing duty on whisky will give a boost to distilleries right across Scotland, including Bladnoch Distillery in Galloway.

The freeze will help distilleries invest, grow and export more – which will be all the more important as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:

“Whisky is one of Scotland’s most important sectors, supporting over 40,000 jobs nationally and 7,000 within the rural economy.

“The Chancellor’s duty freeze will be felt here in Galloway, where our own local distiller Bladnoch’s will benefit.

“The industry adds over £5 billion overall to the UK economy, 95% of which is in Scotland.

“Whisky is a crucial Brexit brand for Britain and the Chancellor’s tax freeze means we are giving it the backing it needs.”