Clamour to postpone fuel duty rise grows
Update, 13 Nov 9am: Labour's call to delay the tax hike until at least next April was yesterday defeated by 282 votes to 234, a Government majority of 48. The Government has however hinted that a planned fuel duty rise could be axed in the autumn statement next month.
There is growing pressure today on Chancellor George Osborne to abandon the Government's controversial 3p-a-litre increase in fuel duty planned for January.
Labour is calling on the Government in a key Commons vote this afternoon to delay the tax hike until at least next April, claiming families and businesses are in desperate need of some good news from the Exchequer.
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The campaign group FairFuelUK previously said it believes the tax hike will raise only £800 million, compared to Treasury projections that it would bring in £1.5 billion.
Meanwhile consumer organisation Which? says more people than ever before are being forced to cut back on motoring because of spiralling prices at the pumps.
Its latest poll found a record 85% of people expressed fears about rising costs – a nine point increase since July.
Those saying they would cut back on motoring costs rose seven points to 39% – another record high – while one in 10 said they had had to dig into their savings to afford to run their vehicle.
Which? executive director Richard Lloyd says: "Consumers can little afford another hit on their household budget. We're calling on the Government to think again about their plans to increase fuel duty in January."
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