5p fuel price discount for rural UK

The European Union has approved a five pence per litre cut on fuel prices in rural areas in England and Scotland. Residents across 17 of the “most rural areas” with […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The European Union has approved a five pence per litre cut on fuel prices in rural areas in England and Scotland.

Residents across 17 of the “most rural areas” with the highest fuel prices will benefit from the reduction from 31st May.

Retailers can claim back the discount on unleaded petrol and diesel and pass on the savings to consumers.

Around 125,000 people are said to be paying some of the highest prices in the country due to the expense of transporting fuel to filling stations to the areas.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “People will see lower prices from the end of May, with filling stations in the 17 selected areas able to register for the scheme from 1st April.

“Combined with the current fall in oil prices and the freeze in fuel duty rates nationwide, this 5p discount on fuel prices will provide a much-needed boost to families who face the highest fuel prices.”

The Highlands postcodes involved are: IV54, IV26, IV27, PH36, IV22, PH41, KW12, PH23, PH19, IV21 and IV14. The English ones are: NE48 (Northumberland), LA17 (Cumbria), EX35 (Devon) and Hawes in North Yorkshire and the Argyll and Bute postcodes are PA80 and PA38.