"The Government needs to think again about the August 3p rise in fuel duty”, warned Douglas Carswell today.
“The cost of living is rising, and this 3p tax hike is wrong.”
Douglas will be backing a Commons motion designed to make Treasury ministers see sense. Last month, Clacton’s MP took action against George Osborne’s proposal to slap 20% VAT on static caravans and church repairs. The Government was forced to back down.
“Local Clacton people find the cost of living going up. Fuel bills and utility bills have been made more expensive because of government policy. Now they want to whack folk with a 3p hike in petrol tax. No!”, insisted Douglas.
“Ministers say they need to cut the deficit: ‘Fine’”, responds Clacton’s MP. “They should learn to live within their means like the rest of us. Quit throwing money away.”
“I think it is pretty outrageous that every time you fill up the car with petrol, between 60 and 70% of it is going in tax of one form or another.”