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TaxPayers' Alliance welcomes Fuel Duty freeze but says Government should go further

The TaxPayers' Alliance has welcomed the move by Chancellor George Osborne to freeze Fuel Duty until the end of the year.

The campaign group, which strongly opposed August's planned 3p rise, warned that that simply deferring the increase until January next year was not good enough.

Taxes make up nearly 60 per cent of the cost of filling up the tank.

Last year the TPA produced research, showing how excessive motoring taxes affect drivers in urban, suburban and rural areas very differently. You can read the Local motoring taxes paper here.

In response to today's Fuel Duty announcement, Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Overtaxed British motorists will be very relieved that they aren’t facing a punishing rise in already exorbitant rates of Fuel Duty in August. They already pay more than drivers in any other European Union country. Unfortunately most of the cost of filling up the tank will still be tax, which is a huge burden on millions with no practical alternative but to use their car each day. If the Chancellor is serious about helping working families and small businesses, then he should at least freeze the rate for the rest of this Parliament, and look to cut the burden over time."

Media contacts

Emma Boon
Campaign Director, The TaxPayers' Alliance
emma.boon@taxpayersalliance.com
07795 084 113
 
or
 
Robert Oxley
Campaign Manager, The TaxPayers' Alliance
robert.oxley@taxpayersalliance.com
07795 084 113

Notes to editors

1. Established in 2004 and now with 65,000 supporters, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) is Britain’s independent, grassroots campaign for lower taxes and better government. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at www.taxpayersalliance.com

2. The full report Excessive taxes on motorists in each council area in the UK (which includes a data broken down by local authority) can be found here: www.taxpayersalliance.com/localmotoringtaxes.pdf

3. See the full calculations for your council here: www.taxpayersalliance.com/localmotoringtaxes.xlsx

4. The results have also been mapped here: http://www.taxpayersalliance.com/home/2011/11/excess-motoring-taxes-mapped.html


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