Health levy won’t mean an increase in supermarket prices

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The Scottish government has welcomed a statement from the British Retail Consortium that it will not pass the health levy on alcohol and tobacco sales onto consumers.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland this morning Andrew Opie of the BRC said it would be “almost impossible” for retailers to pass the levy onto customers.

The levy is expected to raise £30-40 million a year from large retailers selling alcohol and tobacco.