Chancellor should stick to his guns over fuel duty increase

Published on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:09
Posted by Scott Buckler

With MPs due to debate the planned rise in fuel duty today [15 November], charity Sustrans is calling on the government to remain firm over the planned VAT increase and invest the revenue collected into improving travel choices available to all

With train fares due to rise by an average of 8 per cent from 1 January, 2012 bus subsidies being substantially reduced and low spending on walking and cycling projects, the charity is warning Chancellor George Osborne to avoid creating another financial ‘black hole’ by scrapping the increase at his budget statement later this month.

Jason Torrance, Sustrans’ Policy Director, said, “Those calling for a cut in fuel duty need to be honest about what else the government should cut and how much train and bus fares should increase to be able to afford a reduction in fuel.

“The Chancellor should stick to his guns, and invest the extra money into public transport and walking and cycling schemes that everyone can benefit from.

“With oil reserves in decline, and the middle east increasingly volatile, it is time to have a transport policy that weans us off our oil dependence, rather than encouraging the population to keep motoring.”

 

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