Islands set for 5p fuel discount

People living in remote island communities could be set for a motor fuel duty discount by next spring, an MP has said.

The Government scheme will offer a duty discount on petrol and diesel prices of 5p per litre.

The move will be welcomed by motorists already paying out more forcar insurance and other essential driving costs.

The discount will benefit all those in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Isles of Scilly, the islands in the Clyde, and the Northern Isles.

In an interview with BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney & Shetland, said that the process will initially involve the retailers who have to deliver the 5p reduction.

He added: "That will ensure that they will have the money upfront so that the scheme, when it's put in place, doesn't trash their business because of cashflow problems.

"I would be fairly confident, in fact I am confident on the basis of discussions I had with Treasury ministers, that it will be available to everyone by the start of the spring."

And Angus MacNeil SNP MP for the Western Isles Angus said that he was "impatient for this to start".

He said: "There was a six-month delay at the beginning, and I just wish that it was in place now."

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