Na H-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil is encouraging people in the Outer Hebrides to take part in the study on the challenges facing consumers and businesses in remote communities.  This study, launched by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recognises that prices of many goods and service are frequently higher in remote communities.  The OFT will be seeking to explore these and other issues with communities and businesses in remote areas, with the aim of making improvements.

Commenting Angus MacNeil said:

“I welcome that the Office of Fair Trading are carrying out this review.  I am in regular contact with the OFT regarding fuel costs, particularly in relation to the high price of fuel in comparison to the mainland and the knock on effect this has on goods and services in the Outer Hebrides.

“In addition to high fuel costs, excessive delivery charges from mainland and online stores also anger people, this review is looking for evidence from the public and I hope that many will take advantage of this opportunity and submit their views.

“The deadline for submissions to the OFT is Friday 20 April 2012.  To participate in this study can do so by sending their views to the OFT Office in Scotland, 23 Walker Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HX.  Alternatively, views can also be submitted by filling in the online form at  or email