Barnsley MP calls for petrol tax rethink

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A BARNSLEY MP has called for the government to scrap plans to increase the tax on petrol.

Michael Dugher, member of Parliament for Barnsley East, wants Chancellor George Osbourne to cancel the 3p per litre petrol tax rise which will hit people in South Yorkshire when it comes into force in the new year.

He criticised the Government for being out of touch with local people and the rising cost of living.

Mr Dugher said: “At a time when the cost of living is rising, it cannot be right to hit middle and low income families and small businesses with another tax rise. The price of petrol is now more than £1.36 a litre. People in South Yorkshire are really feeling the squeeze.”