Tuesday, 24 December 2019 08:01

SCOTS SHOPPERS STUNG BY £12 MILLION IN DELIVERY SURCHARGES THIS CHRISTMAS

SNP MSP SAYS CONSUMERS STILL BEING HIT BY UNFAIR CHARGES

An SNP MSP has warned that Scottish shoppers are still being penalised by extra delivery surcharges, after new figures revealed that the total additional cost to the Scottish adult population impacted by delivery surcharges will reach £12 million this Christmas period.

The new figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) also show that Scottish shoppers were forced to fork out an extra £40.1 million this year in delivery surcharges relative to the rest of the UK.

SNP MSP for Moray, Richard Lochhead, has led the fight against these unfair fees, securing a commitment from Advertising Standards Authority last year to crackdown on firms that, despite advertising UK-wide delivery, penalise residents and businesses in rural Scotland with extortionate delivery surcharges.

But today, Mr Lochhead has said it’s time for the next UK government to do more to end this practice and “get a grip of sky-high surcharge fees”.

Commenting, Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“Westminster has the powers to put an end to rip-off parcel delivery surcharges for Scots – but for too long now successive UK governments have sat on their hands and done nothing.

“It is completely unjust that shoppers across Scotland are expected to fork out huge sums of money each year on these surcharges.

“Alongside my colleagues in Westminster I have led the campaign and repeatedly raised this issue with UK ministers but they have refused to listen, while delivery surcharges continue to hit the pockets of families across Scotland.

“It’s time for the next UK government to take some real concrete action and get a grip of these sky-high surcharge fees."



The delivery surcharge cost to Scotland was calculated by the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). Over the Christmas period this results in a total period cost of £12 million.

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