Chancellor prepares to raise fuel duty to fund the NHS

05 Jul 2019 02:56

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<p><strong><span>Drivers might be paying &pound;8 more to fill up their cars than they did a year ago, but the cost looks likely to increase even more with a hike in fuel duty being suggested by the Government.&nbsp;</span></strong></p>
<p><span>Phillip Hammond has hinted that&nbsp;fuel duty might rise in the November Budget, with the Chancellor facing a struggle to fund the NHS amid Brexit upheaval.</span></p>
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<p><span>Duty on petrol and diesel has been frozen at a rate of 57.95p-per-litre for the past seven years, despite several proposed increases.</span></p>
<p><span>&quot;By April 2019 these freezes will have saved the average car driver &pound;850 compared to the pre-2010 escalator and the average van driver over &pound;2100,&quot; Hammond told MPs. However,&nbsp;it's estimated to have cost the Treasury&nbsp;&pound;46 billion since 2011 and the Government is looking for new funding opportunities to fund essential services.&nbsp;</span></p>
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<p>&quot;A further &pound;38 billion will be foregone over the budget forecast period as a result of these reviously announced freezes.&nbsp;For context this is about twice as much as we spend on all NHS nurses and doctors each year,&quot; added&nbsp;Hammond.</p>
<p><span>Lifting the fuel duty freeze would raise an extra &pound;800 million for the Treasury, some of which would fund the additional &pound;20 billion on the NHS by 2023, but concerns over the rising cost of living were brought up by&nbsp;Tory former minister Robert Halfon, a long-standing campaigner for fuel duty curbs.</span></p>
<p class="mol-para-with-font &lt;strong&gt;[" target="_blank &gt;&gt; Top 10: Cars that get closest to matching their official MPG]&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p class=" mol-para-with-font="" <span="">Halfon brought up a Treasury study in 2014, which proposed freezing fuel duty benefits the economy to offset almost all the loss of tax to the economy and it said that GDP increased by &pound;4.5 to &pound;7.5 billion over the forthcoming years.</p>
<p>It currently costs &pound;71.50 to fill up an average 55-litre family car - like a Ford Focus - with petrol, and &pound;73.70 for a similarly-sized diesel car.</p>
<p><span>The pound also remains comparatively weak against the US dollar, which reduces the buying power of UK fuel retailers. With fuel costing them more to buy in, this invariably means higher prices are passed on to drivers at the pumps.</span></p>
<p><span><span>Aside from the fact that petrol and diesel in the UK are subject to some of the highest levels of taxation anywhere in Europe, fuels are also at their highest prices in four years.</span></span></p>
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<p><span>It's important to know which cars actually reach their claimed fuel economy, that's why we made&nbsp;Real MPG.</span></p>



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