Outrageous Extra Delivery Charges

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday December 22 2017

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituents paying almost £4m extra a year in delivery surcharges.

Kate Forbes MSP has hit out at “scandalous” delivery charges to the Highlands, after new figures revealed her constituents are thought to be paying almost £4m extra a year compared to the rest of the UK.  

According to new research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), those living in the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency – which also includes Dingwall, the Black Isle and the Great Glen – pay an estimated £3.8m more – and the figure for the entire Highlands and Islands is a whopping £33.4m.

Kate Forbes MSP said enough is enough, and urged the UK Government to act and end rip-off charges for Highlanders.

She said:

“The scandal of retailers charging almost £4 million to customers in Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has never looked like such a rip-off.

“That means that customers who have purchased goods online this Christmas have paid over the odds and lined the pockets of retailers and delivery firms who think nothing of over-charging Highland consumers.

“It is, and always has been, an absolute disgrace and it is long overdue for the UK Government to act.

“If the Scottish Government had the powers to do something about surcharges, they would have long ago and it is really only public pressure that has pushed the UK Government into lifting a finger about this.

“Almost £4 million across Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch could have been spent in the local economy and made an enormous difference.”

 

 

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