Published: 06/12/2012 08:00 - Updated: 05/12/2012 17:43

Scrapping of 3p fuel duty hike welcomed in Moray

MP Angus Robertson has welcomed the scrapping of a 3p hike in fuel duty
MP Angus Robertson has welcomed the scrapping of a 3p hike in fuel duty

MORAY MP Angus Robertson has welcomed an announcement that a planned 3p rise in fuel duty is to be scrapped.

Mr Robertson was commenting after Chancellor George Osborne announced in his autumn statement yesterday (Wednesday) that the fuel hike would not be proceeding as planned.

Had the rise gone ahead, according to Mr Robertson of the SNP, it would have represented a £130 million tax rise for Scottish households and businesses, and put around 4,000 jobs at risk.

Mr Robertson said: "This change of plan by the chancellor is the culmination of a hard-fought campaign which has won support from a variety of different sectors.

"This reversal of policy is a significant victory but we are not sitting back when more needs to be done by Government to relieve the pressure on businesses and households in Moray, that rely on cars and have significant road mileage to do to get goods to market."

Mr Robertson said that high fuel prices affect everybody.

"In Moray’s rural communities high fuel prices have a particularly heavy impact, as prices are usually both even higher than urban areas and are unavoidable for households, who simply do not have the option of using more public transport."

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