The supplementary call for information, which will last for four weeks, is designed to allow retailers which did not submit data as part of the original call for information a second opportunity to respond. The government aims to submit its application to the European Commission in January.
This could see further areas added to the scheme providing they meet the strict criteria that the European Commission has indicated will be critical in their assessment:
Pump Price Threshold
Pump prices have to be more expensive than the lowest pump price on the islands in the existing scheme (not including the current rebate), during the months examined:
Cost of Transporting Fuel
Places have to be over 100 miles by road from the nearest refinery.
The population density must be no higher than any area in the current scheme.
The areas that have already qualified will remain part of the application and will not need to submit further information.
Chief Secretary Danny Alexander said:
I want to ensure as many areas as possible can benefit from this scheme so have decided to issue a supplementary call for information so everyone has another chance to try and qualify for the scheme.
The government made an initial announcement of ten areas that would be put forward in an application to the European Commission last month.