SURVEY ON ‘POSTCODE PENALTY’ WELCOMED
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LOCAL POLITICIANS ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO PARTICIPATE
The Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, and Mr Pete Wishart MP, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, have welcomed the launch by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) of a special online survey of businesses in Scotland, allowing them to have their say on the ‘postcode penalty’ of high delivery charges imposed by some companies on addresses they regard as ‘remote’ or isolated’.
Speaking today (Monday) Ms Cunningham said:
“Citizens Advice Scotland have been campaigning for some time on this issue and they are to be praised for what they have done so far in raising the profile of this important issue which unfairly penalises folk by unfairly hiking the delivery charges to particular postcode areas.
“I am pleased to learn that they are now turning their attention to the impact this unfair practice has on businesses throughout Scotland.
“We will all be aware of instances where exorbitant charges have been applied with very little justification and it will be very helpful if these anecdotal examples can be collected and collated.
“The survey period runs until the 14th of March and it would be really useful if as many businesses as possible were to take part.”
Mr Wishart continued:
“CAS want to hear from small businesses based in rural Scotland, though evidence from businesses of all sizes from any location is also welcome. The survey is anonymous and no views expressed will be attributed to individual businesses.
“I would urge all businesses throughout Perth & Kinross – particularly those who feel they have been unfairly charged excessive delivery costs as a result of this postcode penalty – to take part in the survey.
“With a clear picture of the impact of these excessive delivery surcharges CAS and others will be better equipped to challenge a practice which is discriminatory and unjust.”