Campaigners make last ditch appeal to Chancellor ahead of budget

Published on Monday, 19 March 2012 11:29
Posted by Scott Buckler

Campaigners pressing for lower petrol and diesel prices in the UK have launched a final call on the government not to raise costs in this week's Budget

The annual statement will be delivered to the House of Commons by chancellor George Osborne on Wednesday (March 21st).

Lobby group FairFuelUK has called on Mr Osborne not to raise taxes on fuel in his latest economic plan and to implement a reduction in duty instead.

FairFuelUK campaigner and television presenter Quentin Willson stated the expected 16p per gallon in additional fuel duty and VAT "seems economic and social madness" as the economy and UK households continue to struggle.

Marketing director of The Fuelcard Company Jakes de Kock warned of the potential impact on British hauliers of "unsustainable taxation", which he claimed is forcing some operators to turn down work.

Earlier this month, the AA reported the average price of diesel had set a new daily record of 144.67p per litre, having risen in the past two years from 113.62p.

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