Thank you for contacting me about fuel prices.
I understand drivers’ concerns regarding fuel prices and the cost of living. Therefore, I welcome the Chancellor’s decision to maintain fuel duty at current levels for the next 12 months, spending £5 billion on a tax cut worth £100 per driver this year. This will be achieved by keeping the 5p cut in fuel duty that was introduced last year, as well as cancelling the scheduled 11p increase in fuel duty.
This continues the policy of successive Conservative Chancellors dating back to 2011 of freezing fuel duty, and taken together with last year’s 5p cut, a typical driver will save £200 since the 5p cut was introduced.
To further support drivers, I welcome the Government’s boost for the budget for pothole repairs. The Chancellor has increased funding for pothole repair by £200 million this year, on top of the £2.5 billion pothole repair fund, which runs from 2020/21 – 2024/25. East Sussex County Council has been allocated an extra £2.3 million for potholes, on top of the significant funding already allocated last year. I am delighted about this extra funding, following my recent potholes campaign locally. The increase is expected to fix the equivalent of up to 4 million additional potholes across the country.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Fair Fuel APPG’s Pre Budget-Reception on 8 March.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Sally-Ann Hart MP