Priti Patel leads Tory group calling for lower fuel taxes as Jeremy Hunt does not rule out a hike

Priti Patel leads Tory group calling for lower fuel taxes as Jeremy Hunt does not rule out a hike
Priti Patel leads Tory group calling for lower fuel taxes as Jeremy Hunt does not rule out a hike

Priti Patel is leading a group of Tories calling for a cut in fuel taxes after the Chancellor left the door open for a possible hike.

The former Home Secretary and 22 fellow backbenchers have written to Jeremy Hunt urging him to cut fuel taxes or at least commit to freezing them until the end of this legislature.

On Friday, the chancellor was quick to reassure critics that the government had yet to make a decision on the contentious issue after failing to mention it in its autumn statement.

Tory MPs are demanding assurances he will not go ahead with a planned fuel duty hike following a warning he would add 12p to the price of a liter of petrol or diesel.

The letter, which was signed by Brandon Lewis, the former Cabinet minister, and Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee, along with backbench MPs Sir John Redwood and Sir William Cash, claims that the diesel is the “commercial heartbeat of any economy”. ”.

MPs say UK drivers are ‘chronically punished’

The group of MPs say all UK drivers are “chronically punished by crippling and unnecessarily high fuel taxes and unchecked profits in the fuel supply chain”.

They say fuel prices have already reached “exorbitant levels” with many carriers and small businesses “struggling to stay afloat”.

“Vehicle fuel price levels, currently petrol averaging 165p, diesel 190p, are unsustainable in our pursuit of economic growth and lower inflation,” the MPs add.

This week it emerged drivers would be hit by a record fuel tax rise which would add 12p to the price of a liter of petrol if the government goes ahead with a planned hike next year.

The proposed 23% increase scheduled for 2023 will bring in £5.7 billion, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). If implemented today, it would push the average diesel price to a record high of over £2 a litre. Unleaded would rise to £1.76 a litre.

Although the fuel tax is supposed to increase in line with inflation, the increase has been repeatedly reversed by ministers to spare drivers higher costs.

Hunt insists no decision has been made yet

Mr Hunt is likely to continue the policy of freezing fuel duties at current levels, but on Friday he insisted the Government had not made a decision on whether to continue the hike.

. Priti Patel leads group conservatives calling a reduction of taxes on fuel so Jeremy Hunt exclude not a rise

. Priti Patel leads Tory group calling fuel taxes Jeremy Hunt rule hike

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