Fuels: Rural Areas

HM Treasury written question – answered on 25th July 2017.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to make fuel more affordable for people in rural areas.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones The Exchequer Secretary

Since 2010 those living in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles, the islands in the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly have benefitted from a 5 pence per litre fuel price cut. In 2015 this scheme was extended to benefit those people living across seventeen of mainland UK’s most rural communities.

However, the Government recognises that fuel costs remain a significant part of business and household costs. This is why, at Autumn Statement 2016, the Government announced the main rate of fuel duty would remain frozen for the seventh successive year, saving the average driver £130 a year.

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