MPs call to drop fuel duty rise

MPs call to drop fuel duty rise

Politicians from a range of parties have teamed up to urge the Government in the UK to drop its plans to increase fuel duty by 3p.

MPs from the Scottish National Party (SNP) have written a draft clause which would make changes to the Budget and block the fuel duty rise, intended to take effect from August this year. At the moment a total of 28 MPs have given their backing for the campaign, which is also supported by FairFuelUK.

According to the SNP, the document will be tabled as soon as the Finance Bill has been through its committee stage, at around the tail-end of June.

"We already have the highest rates of taxes on petrol and diesel in Europe - it's time to end this highway robbery and call a halt to further rises which will hamper economic recovery," said the SNP's Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP, who is spearheading the clause.

It is thought that politicians from nine political parties and one independent are behind the campaign. If the drive is successful motorists and othercar insurance policy holders will not have to fork out as much money for fuel.

A Treasury spokeswoman said: "We have always been clear that decisions on the public finances must support the Government's priority of reducing the deficit in a sustainable way."

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