THE rising cost of fuel can have one benefit – it’s an excuse to avoid visiting the in-laws.
Around 47 per cent of Brits admit they have given up traveling to see their partner’s family because of the record price of petrol pumps.
And 19 per cent have even refused to use up precious petrol by staying at home instead of going to work, a survey by FairFuel UK found.
But it also showed that 56 percent have reduced their hobby trips, 47 percent have canceled day trips and 29 percent are even doing less business.
Tory MP Robert Halfon has urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to cut fuel taxes at next week’s spring declaration to help ailing Britons living in a “de facto lockdown”.
Campaigners want it cut by at least 5p.
And Tory colleague Craig Mackinley warned that “communities will suffer” unless the levy is cut.
He added: “With fuel prices at their highest on record and other rising costs of living, it’s no wonder the public is having to make tough decisions about personal finances while minimizing car use.
“The car offers flexibility, independence and freedom. These are basic conservative values.
“The Federal Chancellor must remedy the situation, and it is in his hands, otherwise the communities will suffer.”
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Jacob Rees-Mogg, speaking at the Tory spring conference in Blackpool yesterday, said there was an “obvious question to ask about fuel taxation” as it meant the Treasury raked in extra money as prices rose.
He said: “It always exaggerates the direction of travel because you add VAT to the price.”
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