Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed the UK Government’s climb-down on a proposed 3p rise in fuel duty, planned for August, following a campaign at Westminster supported by Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil and 53 others.
Alasdair Allan commented,
“The last thing the Western Isles needs is further fuel tax increases, and the fact that this was even proposed by the UK Government shows how little they understand about the impact of high fuel costs in island communities.
“Angus MacNeil MP deserves great credit for pursuing this matter so successfully in the Commons, as do a number of MP’s across all parties who have now forced the Chancellor to think again.
“Although they have been made to see sense on this proposed rise, the UK Government are not making fuel costs any cheaper – and they continue to take the lions share of what is taken at the pumps in tax.
“All of this only serves to strengthen the case for Scotland, and not the UK Government, to determine the prices paid at Scotland’s petrol pumps”
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