The Chancellor of the Exchequer has cancelled the planned fuel duty rise in today’s Budget, saving 3.6 million motorists in the East of England over £170 every year.
Because of Government action, pump prices will now be 13 pence per litre lower than if the previous administration had remained in power. For a Vauxhall Astra that is £7 less every time families fill up the tank – or £9 less for a Mondeo. A van driver will save £340 per year and a haulier will save £5,200 per year.
Fuel duty will now have been frozen for nearly three and half years - the longest freeze in duty for over 20 years.
Mr Aldous argues that people living in rural and periphery areas such as Lowestoft and Waveney will be particularly relieved:
Mr Aldous’ analysis has shown that:
Mr Aldous also points out that this is only part of the picture as people in rural areas have further to travel to access vital public services such as schools and hospitals and have far less access to public transport:
Mr Aldous welcomed the news, saying:
‘This is a Budget that is delivering for families who want to work hard and get on in life.
‘Scrapping another fuel duty increase will make a big difference to motorists in Waveney, many of whom have no choice but to use their vehicles to get to work or for their businesses.
‘This Government has frozen fuel duty for three and a half years - longer than any Government in the last two decades - and saving the average family £7 every time they fill up their car.’
Waveney District Council is conducting a Community Governance Review (CGR) for Lowestoft and the surrounding area and a Final Proposal has been published. Residents can use the Lowestoft CGR online consultation form to give their final comments on the proposal until 31 October 2016.
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