Andrew George MP welcomes Scillies Fuel Rebate scheme

Posted on: 29th February 2012

Local MP, Andrew George, will welcome the launch of HM Treasury’s fuel discount pilot scheme when he visits the Scillies this week.

The scheme, which is aimed at remote island communities, will come into effect on Thursday (1st March 2012).

Mr George has consistently pressed the case for fairer fuel prices and especially for remoter areas where there is no alternative to the private car and where prices are highest.

He will visit Sibleys, the fuel merchants on St Mary’s, on Friday 2nd March at 1.15pm to see how the initiative is taking off.

Scillonians will receive a 5p a litre discount on their fuel which will bring some much needed relief to the Islands where pump prices are higher due to transportation costs.

The announcement was made after the Government received final EU clearance to operate its rural fuel rebate pilot scheme in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Northern Isles, islands in the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly.

Mr George said, “Scillonians currently pay the highest fuel bills in the country and this measure will offer a fairer deal for Islanders.

“People in remote areas and Islands don’t have the luxury of regular low cost bus and underground services running from their neighbourhoods every 2 to 3 minutes.

“Of course, I will want the Government to look at extending this measure to other remote rural areas like west Cornwall as soon as possible.”

Fuel retailers on the islands will receive a 5p a litre rebate on the petrol and diesel they purchase and will be expected to pass on the full saving to the customer.

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