Rural Fuel Campaign Progress
The MP for the West Cornwall & Isles of Scilly constituency of St Ives, Andrew George, who has led the campaign for a fuel concession for those areas without the kind of public transport system metropolitan and suburban areas take for granted, has welcomed the Government’s proposal that the rural fuel rebate piloted in the Scillies be extended to Cornwall.
Mr George had pressed Treasury Ministers to recognise that there are many areas where local folk have no choice but to have a car and which cannot take advantage of the kind of “wrap-round” bus, train and underground services of urban areas which make the need for private transport effectively redundant. He welcomed the introduction of the 5p per litre rebate introduced on the Scillies last year, but has always argued that this project was merely a small trial prior to a wider role out.
Today the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rt. Hon Danny Alexander MP, announced the Government’s intention seek EC approval to extend the scheme to 36 remote rural areas including Cornwall.
Mr George said, “The system is massively unfair. Urban folk enjoy a full range of often subsidised public transport options meaning that they can manage well without the expense of owning a car, whereas rural dwellers usually have no choice but to get a car just to get to work and to basic services.”
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List of areas to be included in the scheme can be seen here.