SHOPPERS in Scotland can pay greater than £40 million in additional supply charges this 12 months in comparison with folks residing throughout the remainder of the UK, Scottish Parliament evaluation has discovered.
The Scottish Parliament Info Centre (Spice) has calculated Scottish consumers could have been hit by an estimated £40.1m in 2019 in further supply fees relative to the UK as a complete.
The determine marks an 11% enhance because the first estimate of £36.3m in further charges, made in 2017.
Rural Affairs Minister Richard Lochhead branded the quantity “an added insult”.
The MSP, who launched the Honest Supply Prices marketing campaign highlighting the issue, stated: “Scottish consumers shouldn’t face added charges merely due to their postcode.
“It’s enormously irritating that folks throughout Scotland must shell out tens of thousands and thousands in hidden charges and further surcharges.
“There’s an added insult after we’re instructed that consumers in Moray and Inverness are instructed they aren’t even on the ‘mainland’.
“The SNP will demand that the subsequent UK Government lastly regulate these charges and cease consumers from being hit by ever-rising payments.”
In response to Residents Recommendation Scotland, greater than 1m Scots are being “routinely ripped off” by unfair supply fees due to the place they stay. The physique named it a “postcode penalty” because it discovered shoppers within the Highlands are charged an additional £15 per supply on common.
One other SNP manifesto coverage introduced yesterday is a cap on rates of interest for bank cards and unauthorised overdrafts.
The transfer comes as a part of a plan to sort out downside debt amongst Scots.
The proposals can even embody a requirement to decrease the utmost cost for payday loans, with Scots taking out 450,000 such loans yearly in accordance with the most recent figures.
A cap on rates of interest and fees for payday loans was launched 4 years in the past, that means debtors mustn’t ever pay extra in charges and curiosity than 100% of what they borrowed.
Now the celebration needs new laws to additional cut back the higher restrict and prolong the precept to bank cards and unauthorised overdrafts.
Patricia Gibson, the SNP candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, stated: “Most households will depend on credit score at one level or one other however they shouldn’t be hammered by rip-off rates of interest and fees.
“The value cap on payday loans launched in 2015 reveals that there are methods of tackling high-cost credit score.
“SNP MPs will name for brand new motion to decrease the worth cap on payday loans even additional – and to increase the precept to bank cards and overdrafts.
“That motion will make an actual distinction to folks throughout Scotland – and is simply a part of our package deal of assist to assist with the price of residing.”