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Thirsk and Malton Won't Benefit From Rural Fuel Duty Rebate

Anne McIntosh Judy Bell James Goodhart 110213

7:51am 18th October 2013

Malton and Thirsk will miss out on a rural fuel duty rebate which means they won't get cheaper fuel.

Ten towns across Britain qualify and could benefit from a 5-pence-per-litre fuel duty cut.

Hawes in the Dales is the only place in North Yorkshire to qualify. Elsewhere Acharacle, Achnasheen, Appin, Carrbridge, Dalwhinnie, Gairloch, Kirkby-in-Furness, Lynton, and Strathpeffer will all be put forward to recieve the rebate.

Now the government's applied to the European Commission to approve it.

A similar discount's already been introduced in the remote Inner and Outer Hebrides, Northern Isles and Scilly Isles.

The commission's expected to announce its decision next year.

Miss Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, says she is disappointed that Thirsk, Malton and Filey will not be included in the list of proposed areas to benefit from a Rural Fuel Duty Rebate.

Miss McIntosh said, “I understand that parts of North Yorkshire will be put forward to the European Commission for agreement that it meets the criteria under State Aid rules but disappointingly not Thirsk, Malton and Filey.”

“I urged local fuel stations to make the best case possible to meet the criteria in terms of distance from the pump to their customers and the price of fuel at the pump.”

“Clearly only where these criteria are met can the case be made to the EU Commission. It is nevertheless very disappointing given the high cost of petrol and diesel at the fuel pumps across Thirsk, Malton and Filey.”

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