Britain’s remote islands to get cheaper fuel next year

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  • | by Kristian Dando
Remote British islands including the north and inner Hebrides, Northern Isles and the Isles of Scilly are set for a 5p a litre discount on the price of fuel as of next year. The announcement came after the Government received final EU clearance to operate its rural fuel rebate pilot scheme. The government hopes that the scheme will bring relief to remote islands, where it’s especially expensive to fill up thanks to high cost of transportation. Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: "This is terrific news for island communities, which have long suffered the effects of high fuel costs. As well as securing EU clearance, 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.”