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Cumbrian MP calls for 5p cut at petrol pumps across county

A rural fuel duty cut of 5p should be extended to cover Cumbria, the region’s Liberal Democrat MP has said.

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Tim Farron

Tim Farron has written to Chancellor George Osborne urging him to bring the tax cut to the north west in the Budget this month.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP said cars were not luxuries for people in the area but vital to every day life.

The Highlands and the Isles of Scilly are to benefit from the tax cut from March 1 as the Government pilots the scheme.

And Mr Farron, who is the Lib Dem party president, said: “In rural areas like ours, a car is not a luxury, it is a necessity of life.

“Fuel costs are a major issue for families and I am pushing hard to try and make the government act.

“I want to see the rural fuel derogation pilot brought to Cumbria.

“We also need to look at the cost of fuel to help haulage and businesses.

“Any extra cost at this time is something they cannot afford.”

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I live in the middle of nowhere we have NO public transport, I run a small business and the petrol price rise has nearly put me out of business this year, no one is winning by high petrol prices, I need to take my children to school , my husband has a 50 mile round trip to work every day. At weekends we used to take the children out for a run round the Lakes stopping to spend money in small cafe's , maybe a small gift in a local shop and a trip to the local bakery all helping the local economy , now we stay home order our shopping from Tesco home delivery because we need to save the cash, the kids don't get the life we want for them all because our Government are greedy and don't understand the basic local economy. We work harder than we did a couple of years ago for a lower standard of living!

Posted by country dweller on 12 March 2012 at 12:14

fuel prices should be reduced for everyone, across the entire country. high fuel prices have the opposite effect to the economy, and the public purse. high fuel prices means everyone making cuts elsewhere in their budget, resulting in gains in fuel duty, but losses in VAT. More importantly, it destroys businesses by raising their transport costs - beyond what they can afford. No mainstream political party seems to understand this though.

Posted by ray on 10 March 2012 at 20:02

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