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NTIA Welcome Delay of Scottish DRS Scheme and Reevaluation of Alcohol Advertising Consultation

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NTIA Statement following the announcement by the Scottish Government to delay the Deposit Recovery Scheme until 2024, and the re-evaluation of the Alcohol Advertising Consultation in Scotland.

Michael Kill CEO NTIA & NTIA Scotland Spokesperson:

“The NTIA welcomes the news that the Scottish Deposit Return Scheme has been delayed until March 2024, but we need to be clear that the scheme as designed is fundamentally flawed and remains completely unworkable for large parts of our sector. It would also be significantly inflationary and worsen the cost of living pressures being felt across society.”

“Scotland’s DRS as currently proposed cannot be fixed by tweaking around the edges, and a total redesign, learning the lessons of schemes elsewhere, is needed. If there is to be a scheme it also must be identical in scope across the UK, launching at the same time UK wide, and it should be much simpler and less expensive to implement.”

“We urge Scottish Government to now engage in meaningful consultation with businesses and commission a full review and redesign from scratch of the deposit return scheme.”

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