Support for fuel rebate

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MOTORISTS in the Filey area could be in line for a financial boost - thanks to a new campaign from MP Anne McIntosh.

Miss McIntosh secured a debate in Westminster this week to look at a possible stabilisation in fuel duty - with a potential rebate for residents in remote rural areas.

She said: “The debate was very timely coming just over a month before the next budget.

“I was pleased the Minister said nothing was set in stone and that the Government is looking at the possibility of a fuel duty rebate for remote rural areas.

“I will keep up pressure on the Government not to maintain the status quo but to cancel the next 1p duty increase in April, to introduce a fuel duty stabiliser and to look favourably on a rural rebate.

“It is up to my colleagues and I to make the case going forward for our local area.”

Miss McIntosh has also thrown her support behind plans to give extra backing to farmers.

She has called on the Government to reintroduce direct payments coupled to numbers of livestock - known as headage - to ward off problems with European Union funding.

She added: “Headage payments could provide the answer. Tenant farmers are having a particularly hard time and headage payments would remove some of the obstacles they face accessing EU funds they are entitled to.”