Fuel duty cut 'to aid remote areas'

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has revealed he plans to cut fuel duty by 5p in island and remote communities.

Mr Alexander told the Scottish Liberal Democrat spring conference in Perth that the discount was aimed at assisting "hard-hit families" who often pay higher fuel prices because of their outlying locations.

The move may ease the burden on motorists already struggling to keep their vehicles on the roads and pay for theircar insurance cover.

Mr Alexander said: "We will be submitting a formal application to the European Commission to deliver a 5p discount on fuel duty for Highland communities, the Northern Isles, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Islands of the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly too.

"These are places, more than anywhere in the country, feeling the pressure of high fuel prices.

"The pressure is huge on families in these areas, and I'm delighted to be part of the Government that, for the first time ever, is going to deliver that help to hard-hit families."

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