Renewed calls to cut petrol prices for rural North Cornwall

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By Em_Williams | Monday, December 10, 2012, 12:21

Following the Autumn Statement in which the Coalition Government announced that they had scrapped the planned 3p rise in tax on petrol and diesel, Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has announced he is to look at extending the rural fuel duty rebate scheme to Cornwall.

The scheme has cut fuel duty by 5p per litre on the Isles of Scilly and the Western Isles of Scotland since March but now ministers are considering extending the rebate scheme to sparsely populated areas of the mainland.

That news has been welcomed by Cornish MP Dan Rogerson, who has been campaigning for the rebate scheme to operate in North Cornwall, first asking the Treasury to pilot it in his constituency shortly after the Coalition Government came into office in 2010.

Mr Rogerson has been writing to ministers over the past few weeks and months about extending the scheme, and asked a question in Parliament in September.

Commenting, Dan Rogerson said:"The announcement that the planned 3p rise in tax on fuel has been cancelled is good news for local families and businesses at a time when everyone is being squeezed.

"However, I would like the Government to go further and extend the rural fuel duty rebate scheme to North Cornwall. Cutting fuel prices further makes sense because in our area we have to travel much further distances than people on islands do in order to get to work, to school or to the shops. There aren't any viable public transport alternatives either, as we have limited bus services and, unlike other parts of the Duchy, no railway services.

"I am glad that the Coalition Government are looking at cutting fuel duty further in rural parts of the mainland. I will continue to push for the rural fuel duty rebate to be extended to North Cornwall."



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