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Scottish retailers could face alcohol levy

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Scottish Government is planning to impose an alcohol levy on supermarkets and off-licences to help pay for the consequences of binge drinking, according to the Scotsman newspaper.

The planned move comes amid a growing perception among ministers and senior officials that retailers are fuelling crime and anti-social behaviour by selling cheap booze, the Scotsman reports.

Proposals for a "polluter pays" levy have been extended from pubs and clubs to include every shop in Scotland that sells alcohol.

But the Scottish Grocers Federation said the plans were "fundamentally flawed".