Halfon delighted at fuel tax duty commitment by chancellor
Politics / Tue 1st Oct 2013 am31 09:12am
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement that fuel duty will be frozen for the rest of the current Parliament, if the money is available.
His pledge came during his speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.
Mr Halfon said: “Fuel duty is frozen for the Parliament, and the tax threshold will be raised to £10,000. This is fantastic news for motorists, and for lower earners.
“This comes after a long campaign that I have been running since I was elected as an MP to keep fuel duty down.
“This shows that the Government is really focused on the cost of living. It is now up to the oil companies to pass these savings onto motorists and low earners.”
Mr Osborne told the conference: “Provided we can find the savings to pay for it, I want to freeze fuel duty for the rest of this Parliament.
“Conservatives don’t just talk about being on the side of hard-working people. We show it day in day out in the policies we deliver.”
Most readers I'm sure will note the "if the money is available" at the end of the first paragraph. In essence the same freeze we have had all Parliament. Whilst I applaud my old friend Robert's work on this, it still does next to nothing about fuel prices, despite campaigns. It needs a proper 10% or more cut in the tax rate on fuel for it to have any real effect on the consumer. If Osbourne really wants to get the economy moving, this would be one easy measure which effects everything from business travel, personal travel, to food prices. How could he pay for it? Get rid of subsidized Airplane Diesel!