Fuel price cut for islands launched

People living in the islands will be able to fill up their tank with petrol or diesel for less as Government plans come into effect.

Residents of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, islands in the Clyde, the Northern Isles and Scilly will see the cost of fuel slashed by 5p a litre.

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has hailed the scheme, the launch of which he will mark by visiting a petrol station on the Isle of Skye.

He said the scheme would "make a real difference to people who face the highest fuel costs in the country".

The move could see people who live locally having a bit more spare cash for arranging the bestcar insurance they can find.

But some have voiced concerns, claiming the cut will be offset by the rising price of filling up in recent months.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael claimed he had been privy to information regarding a garage in Shetland.

The MP for Orkney and Shetland claimed the evidence showed "a local garage had had the price they were required to pay put up 2p per litre this week and 3p per litre last week".

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