Fuel price UK: Fuel prices in Scotland - which Scottish area has the least affordable fuel prices?
Despite the recent fuel duty cut, many motorists are still feeling the harsh increase in fuel costs across Scotland.
The average cost of filling a typical family car with petrol could exceed £100 for the first time on Wednesday. Data firm Experian Catalist said a litre of petrol cost an average of 180.7p on Tuesday. That was an increase of 2.2p compared with the previous day.
This was the largest daily jump on 17 years, according to the RAC. A similar increase on Wednesday will take the average cost of a full tank for a 55-litre family car to more than £100 for the first time.
Using data from the Office for National Statistics and Petrol Map (a live petrol price tracking website, which records fuel prices in every town and city of the UK), experts have revealed that residents of East Dunbartonshire have access to the most affordable fuel in Scotland.
For drivers in the county, filling up with a 55-litre tank of petrol (£83.71) will account for 13.62% of the typical weekly wage (£618.60) for the area .
The research was conducted by financial comparison website Forbes Advisor with the objective of comparing the average weekly wage in every local authority in Scotland with its average cost of a 55-litre tank of petrol to uncover the areas worst hit by soaring petrol prices.
“While some areas of Scotland such as East Renfrewshire are benefiting from relatively affordable fuel prices, the fact that a tank of petrol is consuming over 19% of weekly wages in some areas of Scotland is deeply concerning,” said Kevin Pratt, personal finance spokesperson at Forbes Advisor. “There’s a perfect storm of rising prices brewing at the moment which threatens to push people across Scotland towards genuine, deep financial hardship. Not just petrol, but gas and electricity bills, the cost of the weekly shop and services like mobile phones and broadband are just some of the bills that are rocketing upwards in an era of steepling inflation.
“[April 1st saw] the latest hike in the domestic energy price cap. It is forecast to rise again sharply next October, when typical households could be facing annual bills of £2,500 - double what they are today. And let’s not forget that the cut in fuel duty is only temporary. If it is reinstated in 12 months, as planned, it will heap yet more unwelcome pressure on household budgets that are already stretched to - and in some cases beyond - breaking point.”
With that in mind, here are the ten areas in Scotland with the least affordable petrol prices, with the average fuel price for a full tank compared against the typical weekly wage.
Additional reporting by PA.