Don’t gamble with a fuel duty rise, warns FairFuel14 March 2016

Ahead of the budget this week (16 March), campaign group FairFuelUK is calling for a continued freeze on fuel duty – or, better still, a 3p cut – claiming that its supporters would prefer to pay more for non essentials such as alcohol, gambling or tobacco.

The last cut in fuel duty came in 2011 and, says the group, has helped to underpin economic growth.

Another cut would be a move in the right direction to bring UK duty closer the European average – in contrast, it says, an increase of 2p per litre would slash consumer spending by £8 billion.

Howard Cox, campaign founder, is warning the chancellor not to use motorists as “wallets on wheels”.

He adds: Any opportunistic increase in fuel duty will set the economy back significantly and impact on the hard working British public the most. Our evidence against a duty hike is incontrovertible. It’s time for the UK to fall in-line with the average level of fuel taxation across the EU.”

FairFuel UK’s pre-budget statement also urges the government to give businesses and motorists “the certainty of what this levy will be in the lifetime of this parliament”.

Laura Cork

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