Balls calls for 3p duty hike scrap

Balls calls for 3p duty hike scrap

Chancellor George Osborne is facing increasing pressure by Labour to scrap the increase in fuel duty of 3p.

The move, set to be enforced in August, has been slated by shadow chancellor Ed Balls who said the rise would "worsen the recession squeeze". He called for the coalition to postpone the increase until January at the earliest.

Next week Labour MPs will table proposed changes to Budget legislation and attempt to gather cross-party backing for their proposals. In an interview with The Sun, Mr Balls said the fuel duty rise would give out the wrong message.

"The Government should be giving our economy a boost - not clobbering families, businesses and pensioners just at the wrong time," he added. "David Cameron and George Osborne may have never had to worry about the cost of filling up their car. But it's time they started listening to those who do."

August's fuel duty rise would increase motoring costs for ordinary drivers across the country, who already havecar insurance and other road charges to think about.

Meanwhile, Labour's call to scrap the increase has been supported by FairFuelUK. Spokesman Quentin Willson said: "Hitting families and hard-pressed businesses with this rise when we are back in recession will be a toxic issue for voters."

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