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Labour: Least Government could do is axe January's fuel duty rise until April

Labour party press release

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, speaking ahead of Labour’s opposition day debate on fuel duty tomorrow, said:

“With our economy so fragile and prices still rising faster than wages, it would be wrong to go ahead with another tax rise on families and businesses.

“To boost our flatlining economy Labour has already called for a temporary VAT cut which would take 3p off a litre of fuel. But if Ministers won’t do this the very least they could do is axe January’s fuel duty rise at least until April. And they could pay for this by clamping down on known tax avoidance loopholes, like the one used by some employment agencies to falsely inflate expenses.

“Next year the Government plans to hit people on middle and low incomes with a fuel duty rise, cuts in child benefit and the granny tax while giving 8,000 millionaires a tax cut. That’s out of touch and completely unfair.

“I urge MPs from all parties to stand up for their constituents, vote with our motion and give some much needed relief to millions of motorists.”

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