MACDONALD WELCOMES U-TURN ON FUEL DUTY INCREASE

SNP-LED PRESSURE ON CHANCELLOR LEADS TO FUEL DUTY FREEZE

Today, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed the announcement from the UK Chancellor that the planned fuel duty increase of 3 pence a litre will not now go ahead in August. The latest Treasury U-turn comes on the day that an SNP- drafted clause – supported by 54 MP’s from across nine parties – was to be formally tabled at Westminster.

Speaking today Angus MacDonald, whose Falkirk East constituency includes the Grangemouth oil refinery said,

“I am very happy to hear that the work of my colleague has resulted in another UK Treasury u-turn.

“It has long been an SNP policy to campaign for, not only, lower fuel duty but local control of fuel duty.

“The SNP led campaign was gaining momentum every day, with hauliers, business leaders and householders all uniting against a further 3p hike. I am very pleased that the Chancellor has listened but this is not the end of the battle – we now need to make the chancellor see sense and deliver investment in the shovel ready projects that we need to get the economy growing – that must now be top priority.”

“While families, businesses and local hauliers will welcome this announcement, we in Falkirk district are still suffering from the highest fuel duty in Europe.

“While I welcome the announcement from the Treasury today, the fact remains that as long as fuel duty is set in London we will have to wait years for derogations or for surprise announcements from Parliament.”

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