Candidate hits out over fuel costs

Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley Holyrood candidate Adam Ingram has hit out at the UK Governments budget statement and the reduction in fuel costs.

Mr Ingram believes the Chancellor should have reduced these costs for Ayrshire families by AT LEAST five pence and not just one pence, especially when you take into consideration the amount of money raised by Scotland’s North Sea Oil revenues.

Commenting Mr Ingram said: “What is abundantly clear is that the Chancellor has used Scotland’s North Sea resources to fuel his Budget – oil and gas revenues have hit an all time record level, and are £4 billion up on the previous forecast – and has given far too little in return.

“Given that petrol prices have gone up by 16 pence a litre over the past year alone, this windfall could and should be used to bring duty down not by one pence but by five pence UK-wide – or if they were applied in Scotland petrol prices could come down by 50p.

“No wonder the Con/Dem coalition oppose financial responsibility for Scotland, and control of our own revenues.

“The Chancellor is wrong not to use this record bonanza to deliver significantly lower fuel prices, rather than just applying a new levy for a cut that is far too small.

“The Budget was also a major missed opportunity for the Chancellor to reverse his swingeing cuts in capital spending – a 36 per cent cut in Scotland over the spending period – because the Scottish Government’s Economic Recovery Plan demonstrates that our investment in key infrastructure projects is the driver of growth.

“This Budget – fuelled by Scottish oil – is a powerful illustration of why Scotland needs full economic and financial responsibility, including borrowing powers, which will be a major issue in the election campaign.

“A re-elected SNP Government will continue to deliver for the people of Ayrshire.”