Alexander welcomes EU approval for fuel tax cut scheme

Scottish Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Highland MP Danny Alexander has welcomed the announcement that the EU Commission has approved the extension of a fuel discount scheme that will cut the price of petrol for people in many parts of the Highlands by up to 5p per litre.

Liberal Democrats in government have led work to extend a tax discount scheme that has already cut the price of fuel for motorists living in Scotland's island communities. A further 125,000 people across the UK are now set to benefit from the discount scheme.

EU Commission approval means that the issue is now awaiting agreement from other Member States through the Council of the European Union.

Commenting, Mr Alexander said:

 “This is great news for motorists in these areas and brings a duty discount a step closer. Even though fuel prices are falling across the country, they are still higher in very rural areas. As someone who comes from one of the most rural areas in the UK, I know that for people who live in these areas cars are a necessity, not a luxury.  I’ve fought hard to reach this major milestone.

“While we have one more stage to go, I want to make sure we are ready to implement this as a top priority so we will press for this to be heard as soon as possible and are today publishing the necessary draft regulations.  I’m determined to implement the Rural Fuel Rebate in the current Parliament as part of this government’s drive for a stronger economy and fairer society.”

The thirteen areas in Scotland set to benefit from the extension of the Rural Fuel Rebate are:

•             IV54 (Highland – Scotland)

•             IV26 (Highland – Scotland)

•             IV27 (Highland – Scotland)

•             PH41 (Highland – Scotland)

•             KW12 (Highland – Scotland)

•             PA80 (Argyll and Bute – Scotland)

•             PH36 (Highland – Scotland)

•             IV22 (Highland – Scotland)

•             PA38 (Argyll and Bute – Scotland)

•             PH23 (Highland – Scotland)

•             PH19 (Highland – Scotland)

•             IV21 (Highland – Scotland)

•             IV14 (Highland – Scotland)

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