Fuel discount hope for motorists in remote areas

Motorists in remote areas could pay less for petrol and diesel under Government proposals to extend the island fuel rebate scheme, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said yesterday.

Petrol stations and other fuel retailers in remote areas in Britain including North Yorkshire have been asked to let the Government know how much they charge for petrol and diesel so ministers can seek permission from the European Commission to extend the discount scheme.

Currently, islanders off Scotland and in the Isles of Scilly get a 5p discount on petrol and diesel because of transport costs.

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4:49pm Thu 1 Aug 13

Caecilius says...

The rural areas of England being the very same ones where the electorate overwhelmingly votes Conservative and is all in favour of the free market reigning supreme. Over everybody but them, that is.
The rural areas of England being the very same ones where the electorate overwhelmingly votes Conservative and is all in favour of the free market reigning supreme. Over everybody but them, that is. Caecilius

6:44pm Thu 1 Aug 13

Bo Jolly says...

Caecilius wrote:
The rural areas of England being the very same ones where the electorate overwhelmingly votes Conservative and is all in favour of the free market reigning supreme. Over everybody but them, that is.
True. But there is nothing left-wing about fuel duty and its present eye-watering level. It is a regressive tax that bears no relationship to one's ability to pay and I for one would like to see it lowered (for everyone) and income tax raised to compensate. The present set up is a component part of the mechanism that transfers wealth from the many to the few.
[quote][p][bold]Caecilius[/bold] wrote: The rural areas of England being the very same ones where the electorate overwhelmingly votes Conservative and is all in favour of the free market reigning supreme. Over everybody but them, that is.[/p][/quote]True. But there is nothing left-wing about fuel duty and its present eye-watering level. It is a regressive tax that bears no relationship to one's ability to pay and I for one would like to see it lowered (for everyone) and income tax raised to compensate. The present set up is a component part of the mechanism that transfers wealth from the many to the few. Bo Jolly

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