Smith welcomes OFT review

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Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, has welcomed the announcement that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be holding a review of pricing in remote areas.

The review is seeking views on the price and availability of any goods and services from both those who live in remote areas and those who own businesses there. They want information on the cost of goods such as road fuel, groceries and delivery charges as well as on access to essential services such as dentists, chemists, banks and public transport.

Sir Robert has frequently highlighted the high cost of heating oil, excessively high delivery charges and the need to improve access to broadband in rural areas.

“Rural Aberdeenshire can be a wonderful place to live and has many successful and innovative businesses. However, the cost of road fuel, heating fuel and access to services all affect the daily lives of many who live here. I welcome any measures that can help reduce costs and improve access to goods and services for everyone who lives and works in the area. I would encourage both consumers and businesses in the North East to contribute to the review.”

More information on how to participate in the review can be found by going to the OFT website: http://www.oft.gov.uk/OFTwork/consultations/remote-communities/. Alternatively you can write to the OFT office in Scotland at: Remote Communities Team, Office of Fair Trading, 23 Walker Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HX or call them on 0207 7211 8534.