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Shadow Chancellor calls for fuel duty rise delay

Shadow Chancellor calls for fuel duty rise delay
Ed Balls has suggested a delay to the planned 3p per litre rise in fuel duty until April. Writing for PoliticsHome, the Shadow Chancellor said a 3-month delay would ease pressure on households.

Mr Balls wrote: “At a time when the cost of living is rising, our recovery is fragile and this out of touch government is giving 8,000 millionaires a tax cut, it cannot be right to hit middle and low income families and small businesses with another tax increase."

Downing St today stressed it understood concerns over the high price of fuel.

"We know that the cost of fuel is a concern for many families and businesses up and down the country. That's why we have already taken action to delay and cancel planned rises so that fuel is now 10p cheaper than it would have been," a spokesman said.

When asked if tax changes were a matter for the Autumn Statement or Budget, the spokesman replied: "That's normally when those decisions are taken."

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