Some of the UK’s most rural areas are benefiting from a price cut on their fuel, as a 5 pence price cut came into action yesterday which applies to 17 areas – 13 in the Highlands and 4 across the north of England.
The government estimates around 125,000 people living in those areas will benefit from cheaper fuel. They currently face some of the highest fuel prices in the country.
The rural islands in the UK have already been benefiting from the scheme, but this is the first time the European Commission has included the mainland in the scheme.
Damian Hinds, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury said: “Fuel is often more expensive in very rural areas, even though cars are more of a necessity. However, people in 17 areas ranging from the Highlands to Devon will now be able to buy cheaper fuel, making travelling to work and school far easier.”
This scheme will be reviewed after 6 years.