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Ed Balls calls for further delays to 3p fuel duty rise

Date: 09/11/2012 12:27:51
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: David Howells

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has renewed calls for the government to further postpone its 3p rise in fuel duty, freshbusinessthinking.com reports.

The rise, which has been in the pipeline for years but has undergone numerous postponements, is due to come into force in January; causing a 3p rise at the pumps.

Now, Balls has called for the increase to be delayed until at least April, saying that Labour will force a commons vote on the issue on Monday.

Speaking to guardian.co.uk, Balls reinforced Labour's stance; calling on members of the coalition to follow suit and campaign against the duty increase. He may also be hoping fuel campaigners and those firms already using tracking systems to help reduce their fuel bills will get behind his campaign.

Balls went on to say that costs incurred in delaying this rise could be met by cracking down on tax avoidance schemes currently being used by employment agencies. It is estimated that closing these could save the taxpayer around £1 billion.

Balls explained: "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.

"That is why Labour is calling on the chancellor to cancel January's planned 3p rise in fuel duty, at least until next April. We can put this to a vote in parliament on Monday and I hope MPs from all parties will stand up for their constitutions and back our call."

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