I have worked closely with colleagues on Fuel Duty over the past couple of weeks, including discussions within the Northern Research Group, and I am pleased to confirm that I have signed a letter to freeze Fuel Duty in the upcoming budget. You can read the letter below.
77% of workers outside of London travel to work by car, often because they have no other choice. Fuel duty hikes would serve to add an extra cost to struggling families when government have been doing well to limit financial burdens. Higher tax revenues will surely come from reducing upfront costs and encouraging travel once things are safe. I am therefore not in favour of an increase to Fuel Duty.