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Car finance fuel rise of 8p would force food cut backs

The planned two-stage increase in fuel duty – which would amount to an 8p increase – would force families to re-consider their food and household goods bills, according to a new study undertaken by the AA.

The planned two-stage increase in fuel duty – which would amount to an 8p increase – would force families to re-consider their food and household goods bills, according to a new study undertaken by the AA.

Around 16,000 AA members gave their input, and it showed that one in five would cut back on food bills if the planned rise were to go ahead. It’s a disturbing thought for the government who are keen to push the duty up even further to raise money.

Russell Brown, MP for Dumfries and Galloway, said that his constituents "have discovered that to get to work has become far too costly and some of these people are considering giving up working all together."

While a furious Edmund King, AA president, said: "Fuel duty contributes more than 5 percent to the total UK tax-take, including council tax and income tax. Governments tell us to drive less when they need us to drive more. So who really is car dependent? This survey shows that, if fuel duty increases go ahead next year, it will hit those who can least afford it."

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