Cumbrian town residents could receive fuel rebate

AN application to extend the rural fuel rebate scheme to ten new towns – including one in Cumbria and one in Yorkshire – has been submitted by the UK to the European Commision.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said that following a careful assessment of all the evidence, three towns in England – including Kirkby-in-Furness and Hawes -  and seven in Scotland, were judged to have met strict criteria.

These included for example exhibiting pricing characteristics similar to the islands eligible for the existing discount, which the EC have indicated will be critical in their assessment.

In line with European Union law, the UK now needs to secure approval for the expanded scheme from the EC.

The UK is seeking up to a five pence per litre (ppl) cut in fuel duty for the areas selected.

A final decision on the areas in the scheme and the price discount is expected from the EC next year.

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8:59pm Fri 18 Oct 13

shirtbox2003 says...

why just Kirkby in furness? its a joke by government.!
why just Kirkby in furness? its a joke by government.! shirtbox2003
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10:37pm Sun 20 Oct 13

onelocal says...

shirtbox2003 wrote:
why just Kirkby in furness? its a joke by government.!
It's obviously a great success in our MPs campaign to reduce fuel duty across Cumbria. Why Kirkby in Furness? No way will the EU approve this short-sighted cynical ploy of Danny Alexander to get a fuel duty decrease across his own constituency. The proposals across the rest of the country are just about adding credence to his desperate ploy to get re-elected. Of course Tim will work it for all it is worth, but seems to have back-fired.
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: why just Kirkby in furness? its a joke by government.![/p][/quote]It's obviously a great success in our MPs campaign to reduce fuel duty across Cumbria. Why Kirkby in Furness? No way will the EU approve this short-sighted cynical ploy of Danny Alexander to get a fuel duty decrease across his own constituency. The proposals across the rest of the country are just about adding credence to his desperate ploy to get re-elected. Of course Tim will work it for all it is worth, but seems to have back-fired. onelocal
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5:07pm Wed 23 Oct 13

ELBEAN says...

Oh, does it mean petrol? Could it not be in the first paragraph?
Oh, does it mean petrol? Could it not be in the first paragraph? ELBEAN
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