The Treasury has announced that UK islanders will receive a 5p discount per litre of fuel. The scheme aims to relieve motorists on remote islands, where pump prices are particularly high due to transportation costs.
Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury said: “This is terrific news for island communities, which have long suffered the effects of high fuel costs. From 1 March next year, islanders will see a 5p cut in the pump price of petrol and diesel.
“We have produced a scheme designed to protect the cashflow of local retailers. We have also delivered on a promise to help address the persistent unfairness of some of the lowest income communities in the country paying among the highest pump prices.”
The Government has now received EU clearance to operate its rural fuel rebate pilot scheme in the Inner & Outer Hebrides, Northern Isles, islands in the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly. Fuel retailers on the islands will receive a 5p a litre rebate on the petrol and diesel they purchase and will be required to pass on the full saving to the customer.