Island fule discount by spring

A MOTOR fuel duty discount for people in remote island communities will be in place by spring, a Liberal Democrat MP said yesterday.

The UK government scheme is intended to deliver a 5p per litre duty discount on petrol and diesel for the Western and Northern Isles, islands in the Clyde and Isles of Scilly.

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael said: “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.”

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SNP MP Angus MacNeil said he was “impatient for this to start ... It’s affecting many people and the price of fuel is very high”.