Chancellor threatens fuel duty hike

London, UK: Philip Hammond’s in parliament yesterday (April 9) hints at a future fuel duty rise according to FairFuelUK Campaign.

Hammond said:“Fuel duty freezes for motorists must be balanced against the need to fund public services, and said that the freeze on duties levied on petrol, diesel and other fuel purchases continues to be kept under review.

The Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts fuel duty receipts will raise £28.3bn in 2019/20, although campaigners argue billions of pounds more could have been raised since 2010 for various projects without the freeze.

Appearing in the Commons, Hammond was asked about the average annual savings to hauliers since 2010. He replied: “”Fuel duty has been frozen for nine consecutive years, saving money for all of those regularly using our roads.

“I can confirm the average road haulier has saved £23,300 per vehicle on fuel since 2010 compared with the pre-2010 escalator plans. However, the benefits to hauliers and motorists of freezing fuel duty must be balanced against the costs of the exchequer in the context of our need to fund our public services – and so we continue to keep it under review.””
 
FairFuelUK’s said in a statementL: @Any increase in fuel duty will be political madness for a Government that still has no long term road user transport strategy.”

“UK’s 37m drivers are already the highest taxed in the world, with the London Mayor’s cash grabbing pollution taxes adding even more costs to hard working motorists just for getting to work.”

“Independent economists, such as the CEBR and even the Treasury itself, have shown that lower fuel duty is good for jobs, GDP, inflation, growth tax revenue and consumer spending.”

“These myopic hike in duty threats will see this out of touch Chancellor and his Tory Party doomed to the back benches.’

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