Scrapped fuel duty rise


Yesterday’s announcement from Chancellor George Osborne, that the 3p rise in fuel duty is to be scrapped, has been welcomed by island politicians and fuel groups.

SNP Westminster Transport Spokesperson and MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Angus MacNeil said: “The scrapping of this planned tax hike is positive news and is the culmination of a hard fought campaign which has won support from a variety of different sectors.

“Sky high fuel prices affect every single one of us, driving up the cost of motoring and the price of everything we buy in our day to day lives.

“In Scotland’s many rural communities high fuel prices have a particularly heavy impact as prices are usually both even higher than urban areas and are unavoidable for households who simply do not have the option of using more public transport.”

The Fair Fuel Solutions campaign also welcomed the announcement.

FFS spokesman Callum Ian Macmillan said: “We are glad that the Chancellor has responded to the submissions from FFS and other fuel groups on this issue.

“We now trust that the government will instruct its competition authorities to take the appropriate action following the latest OFT enquiry into profiteering in the fuel chain to our islands by implementing adequate safeguards to ensure that the reductions in fuel prices which our campaign has achieved are retained and that the government also impose appropriate penalties on those who have held our islands to ransom for too long.”