Countryside call for freeze on proposed fuel duty hike

People living in the countryside are appealing to George Osborne to ease the pressure on family finances and announce a freeze on the proposed fuel duty hike during his Autumn Statement, according to NFU Mutual.

Research among rural dwellers commissioned by the pensions and investments provider says postponing January’s 3p fuel duty rise would be the most popular move for the Government in the eyes of countryside communities.

Sean McCann, personal finance specialist at NFU Mutual, said: “These findings show the level of concern in the countryside about high fuel prices which continue to place pressure on household budgets.

“Most country people need a car to get to work or the shops but for those on low or fixed incomes, rising prices at the pump and few public transport alternatives has become a costly combination.

“The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is an ideal opportunity for the Government to show that it is listening.”