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3 pence fuel duty increase is scrapped for the rest of the year


6:27am 27th June 2012
(Updated 9:34pm 27th June 2012)

Motoring organisations and councils have welcomed the Chancellor's decision to delay a planned increase in fuel duty.

Yesterday, George Osborne announced he'll postpone the 3 pence per litre increase until January.

It'll cost the Treasury 1-and-a-half billion pounds.

Miss Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, welcomes the Chancellor’s decision to postpone the 3p rise in fuel duty due on August 1st 2012.

Miss McIntosh said:

“This decision will have a positive impact on all those living in Thirsk, Malton and Filey, especially hard pressed families, pensioners and those living in deeply rural areas.

"I ran a high profile campaign to oppose the 3p increase in fuel duty and I am thrilled that the Chancellor has decided to suspend the increase.

“The proposed increase has been postponed until 1st January 2013 allowing time for alternative sources of revenue to be considered.”

York Coucillor Carol Runciman agrees:
Commenting on the news that the Coalition Government has decided to postpone the August fuel duty rise, Carol Runciman Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats on City of York Council said:
"This decision recognises that for many people in York and surrounding villages running a car is essential. Postponing the fuel duty rise is the right thing to do to support families at a time when they need help.
"While the oil price is falling, the Coalition Government has ensured all of the savings can be passed on to families at the pump.
"These savings come on top of the money provided by the Coalition Government for councils to freeze Council Tax and the Income Tax cuts every year for ordinary working families, which has meant a total Income Tax cut of £550. Thanks to this decision by Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government, no one will pay any Income Tax over the first £10,000 they earn by 2015. "
Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:
"Labour's legacy to British families was year-on-year rises in fuel taxes and when we came into government, the Liberal Democrats rightly put a stop to this.
"Thanks to decisions this Coalition Government has taken, fuel tax is 10p a litre lower than it would have been had we stuck to Labour's plans."
Commenting further, Founder of Fair Fuel UK, Peter Carroll who met with Danny Alexander recently to discuss fuel duty, said:
"I was particularly struck by Danny Alexander's interest in the argument that keeping fuel duty down could boost the economy. It speaks highly of Danny and the Treasury team that they have listened and reacted and kept pressure off hard pressed families and businesses."

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