Campaigners push for fuel duty cuts as pump prices are ‘crippling low-income families’

Rishi Sunak and host Kay Burley clash over fuel duty

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Founder Howard Cox warned high petrol and diesel prices were “crippling small businesses and low-income families” across the UK. Instead, he has called for the Government to “cut the “regressive levy” and put “cash back into pockets”.

Mr Cox said: “With inflation jumping to its highest level in a decade as energy and fuel bills soar, we renew our supporters’ calls for the Treasury to cut Fuel Duty as a matter of top economic priority.

“High fuel prices are not saving the planet, they are crippling small businesses and low-income families.

“It is in the power of this Government to put cash back into all our pockets by doing the right thing and ignore the green myopic pressure to tax and tax.

“Time for the Conservatives to revert to type, and cut this regressive punitive levy.

“The vast VAT windfall now filling the Exchequers coffers from the record prices at the pumps, is more than enough extra tax revenue, to warrant a decrease in Fuel Duty.”

He added: “​By cutting Fuel Duty by at least 3p per litre will bring UK vehicle fuel taxation more in line with the average of the EU and allow businesses and logistics to invest in drivers and cleaner transport.”

Mr Cox added the rising price of fuel was “seriously impacting economic recovery”.

He said it could lead to a rise in the cost of living which could be made even worse by next year”.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak had planned to increase fuel duty by around 2.8p in his last budget.

However, the expected increase was scrapped after a sudden rise in petrol prices back in September.

It means fuel duty rates are held at 57.95p for the 12th consecutive year in a row.

FairFuel has previously claimed the UK had the highest fuel tax rates in Europe.

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