Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has hit out at the UK Government following an announcement from HM Treasury that Dumfries & Galloway is to be excluded from the Rural Fuel Rebate Scheme.
The scheme allows people who live in the UK’s most rural communities and who currently face some of the highest fuel prices in the country, despite depending on cars for transport, to benefit from cheaper fuel.
If chosen, local people in Dumfries & Galloway could have saved 5p per litre from their fuel bill.
The average price for a litre of unleaded petrol in Dumfries on the 25th May 2015 was 123.9p. The average price for a litre of diesel in Dumfries on the 25th May 2015 was 131.9p. This compares to the UK average of 115.91p per litre of unleaded petrol and 120.39p per litre of diesel.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said: “This is an utter farce from the UK Government. Dumfries & Galloway is one of the most rural and remote areas of the country and yet this region has been completely neglected from the Rural Fuel Rebate Scheme. While some similarly remote areas of the country will see their fuel bills slashed, local people in our region will continue to see some of the highest pump prices in the UK. What makes matters worse is that local people can’t avoid the high fuel prices, given the necessity for cars in this massive region. The UK Government need to stop overlooking this area and realise that there’s an urgent need to tackle the regions sky high pump prices.”