Fuel duty hike delay welcome

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COUNCILLORS in Sheffield have welcomed the Government’s decision to postpone their hike in fuel duty.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the planned 3p-a-litre hike would be put back from August until next January.

Shaffaq Mohammed, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Sheffield Council, said: “This decision recognises that for many people in Sheffield running a car is essential.

“Postponing the fuel duty rise is the right thing to do to support families at a time when they need help.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the announcement was a ‘sign of panic’.