Amber welcomes fuel duty freeze

RYE MP Amber Rudd has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to freeze Fuel Duty until the end of the year.

Amber had lobbied the Chancellor on this issue and wrote to him urging him to reconsider the rise in Fuel Duty scheduled for August.

She claims the Government inherited a series of fuel duty rises from the last Labour government 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 Labour’s Fuel Duty ‘escalator’, this week the Chancellor cancelled Labour’s 3p per litre rise planned for August this year.

She said: “Fuel Duty has now been frozen for two years. This is good news and a sensible outcome for motorists, families and businesses coping with tight finances.

“Fuel duty is now 10p per litre lower than Labour planned, and motorists will save £159 on filling up the average family car by the end of the year.

“By taking action on fuel pump prices, freezing council tax and cutting income tax for millions of people, the Conservatives are providing real help to people with the cost of living and a boost for Rye’s economy.”