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New calls to freeze fuel duty ahead of Budget 2013Back

The Budget will be issued in a week’s time and Conservative Backbencher Robert Halfon has stressed that the Chancellor must deliver a “cost of living Budget” which includes a freeze on fuel duty, if the Tories are to stay in power.

Mr Halfon, the MP for Harlow, is joined by the Trusted Dealers who are calling for Mr Osbourn to order a fuel duty freeze “for the millions of hard-pressed motorists up and down the country”.

There have been numerous surveys conducted over recent months which say that voters want to cut fuel duty altogether, mainly as it is a disproportionate tax on the poor which is stopping people from taking to the wheel and will in turn affect the economy as a whole.

Writing exclusively for, Mr Halfon said that an electoral turnaround will only be possible for the Tories if the party can show it has “helped fundamentally with the cost of living” which includes recognising that motorists are currently being hard done by and deserve a break.

Intervention from Mr Halfron comes after Prime Minister, David Cameron, delivered a speech which went against the conservative MP’s calls to make a series of tax cuts in the lead up to the Budget. He played down any expectations of significant tax relief measures in the March 20 budget stating that his Government would not be changing their strategy in their bid to “turn the economy around”.

Mr Cameron said: “Margaret Thatcher understood that a tax cut paid for by borrowed money is no tax cut at all,” in a speech in West Yorkshire.

However, Mr Halfon went on to describe fuel duty as a “toxic tax” and said that a freeze will help to boost jobs and secure GDP growth.

Mr Halfron said: “Given everything that the Chancellor has done to cut fuel taxes, I hope that he will scrap the rise in fuel duty that is planned for September 2013. This year we desperately need a cost of living Budget: a Budget for the millions of hard-pressed motorists up and down the country.”

Mr Halfon has suggested that making significant cuts to the Budget such as a fuel duty freeze could help the Conservatives win the 2015 election, because it will show that their actions have “embodied social justice”.

The Trusted Dealers agree with Mr Halfron that Fuel duty has become a “toxic tax” and that reducing petrol and diesel costs will in turn reduce poverty, help to boost jobs within the economy and secure the GDP growth that the country desperately needs.




Posted by Leana Kell on 13/03/2013