Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed news that the Government has stood down on a rumoured increase in red diesel duty for farmers and fishermen. Comments prior to the Budget announcement had suggested that red diesel duty would rise significantly, but in the Chancellor’s statement an exemption was allowed for agriculture and fishing.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Today’s backtrack on red diesel duty is a win for farmers, crofters and fishermen in the Northern Isles. Last week I wrote to the Chancellor calling on him to think again on this damaging tax hike on our rural industries. I am glad that the Government has listened to reason and to the concerns expressed by the NFUS amongst others.
“The Chancellor does not go far enough in supporting rural business however. In the face of cuts to farm support payments and future export market uncertainty, we need to give more support to ensure a sustainable and stable agriculture industry.”