‘Clawback’ cash should be used to cut ferry fares, says MP

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Money returned to the Scottish Government through the more efficient running of ferry services should be used to cut fares, according to Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid.

Mr Reid was speaking after the annual report of the David MacBrayne Group, which includes CalMac Ferries, Argyll Ferries and Northlink Ferries, revealed that the group had returned nearly £5.8 million to the Scottish Government during the year to March 31, 2012.

Of that sum, £3.07 million was returned from the CalMac Ferries operation and a further £2.7 million returned from Northlink.

“Every year, the SNP Government imposes inflation busting fare increases on ferry users,” Mr Reid said.

“Now it’s been revealed that they clawed back over £3 million from CalMac last year due to efficiency savings made by the company.

“This £3 million clawback showed that there was no excuse for the SNP putting up fares by more than the rate of inflation. These inflation busting fare increases that are causing so much harm to our islands must be reversed.”