Waveney MP Peter Aldous has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s decision this week to freeze Fuel Duty until the end of the year.
Aldous wrote to the Chancellor on 19th June urging him to consider a reduction in the rate of fuel duty to boost the economy. Peter was supporting the Fair Fuel Campaign arguing in his letter that:
“high fuel prices affect many of my constituents where wages are lower than the national average and a relatively high proportion of the population are pensioners on fixed incomes. Moreover, as Waveney is a remote coastal location, with relatively poor public transport links, many people have no alternative but to use cars both to work, to shop and to use public services, such as visits to the doctors.”
The Government inherited a series of Fuel Duty rises planned for last year and this year which it has scrapped or delayed. Following recent action in last year’s Budget and Autumn Statement to cut Fuel Duty and scrap the Fuel Duty ‘escalator’, this week the Government cancelled the previous administrations 3p per litre rise planned for August this year.
Thanks to this Government’s repeated action, including this week’s delay, Fuel Duty is now 10p per litre lower than planned, and motorists will save £159 on filling up the average family car by the end of the year.
Peter Aldous said:
“Thanks to these decisions Fuel Duty has now been frozen for two years.
“This is good news for motorists, families and businesses coping with tight finances.
“By taking action on fuel pump prices, freezing council tax and cutting income tax for millions of people, real help is being provided to people with the cost of living and a boost for our local economy.”
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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