FSB seeks duty freeze

The Federation of Small Businesses is calling on the Government to deliver on its manifesto pledge to stabilise fuel duty.

The FSB says that when the Conservatives were in opposition, they promised to introduce a mechanism to freeze fuel duty and even reduce it in line with increases in VAT revenues from rising pump prices.

FSB regional chairman and Sheffield businessman Gordon Millward said: "The country's small businesses are not just hard-hit by the recent VAT rise, but also by record high fuel prices which have come at the most fragile of times.

"Small firms, such as the haulier and the taxi driver, will all be severely affected by this rise in fuel duty. Unlike big businesses, they will have to pass the cost onto customers at a time when they already have to deal with the VAT hike."

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