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McIntosh calls for fuel duty rebate for North Yorkshire


2:10pm 18th April 2012

Miss Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, was delighted to meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, at Westminster this morning to discuss a remote rural fuel duty rebate for Hambleton and Ryedale in Thirsk, Malton and Filey.

“The meeting with the Chancellor was extremely positive and he has agreed I should meet the Treasury Minister responsible Chloe Smith MP to discuss the finer details of the proposal and the EU competition laws that the current pilot scheme in the Scottish islands has been required to meet.

“I used the opportunity to explain how damaging the highest fuel pump prices in the land are for those living and working in Thirsk, Malton and Filey. Local people are really feeling the pinch, especially those who are completely dependent on their own transport such as the elderly, vulnerable and those with young families.

“I explained to the Chancellor the crippling cost of fuel is eating into the budgets of key public services such as, school buses, policing, ambulances and rubbish collections.

“I also raised the issue of how pension incomes are collapsing with the impact of quantitative easing, as referred to in today’s Treasury Committee report on the Budget 2012, in addition to the Equitable life scenario and the proposed reduction in pensions allowances. The combination of these factors is hitting the incomes of pensioners in rural areas where the cost of living is generally understood to be substantially higher than in rural areas.”

Miss McIntosh concluded:

“The Chancellor of the Exchequer was extremely generous in meeting me and giving opportunity to highlight the plight of rural business, pensioners and those with young families following the impact of the Budget 2012 and I shall pursue my proposed remote rural fuel duty rebate vigorously now with his fellow Treasury Minister Chloe Smith MP.”

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