15 NOV 2016

MP oils the wheels to drive down fuel prices

Helen Grant MP for Maidstone for The Weald, has joined forces with her MP colleagues, urging Chancellor Philip Hammond to commit to cutting fuel duty in his Autumn Statement.

A litre of unleaded petrol is nearly £1.20 and although there has been a small reduction in wholesale prices, the savings have not been passed on to motorists. Mrs Grant, along with 53 of her colleagues, signed a letter to Phillip Hammond requesting the Chancellor to reduce fuel prices and for the Government to appoint an authoritive PumpWatch watchdog to monitor fuel prices set by big oil companies.

Helen signed the letter drafted by Chair of the FairFuel APPG, Dover MP, Charlie Elphicke. Mrs Grant said: "Fuel prices significantly affect many aspects of our day to day lives. Motorists are burdened by higher fuel taxes and a cut in fuel prices would put more spending money in my constituent's pockets. It is the hardworking families, who are hit the hardest by the inconsistent rise in fuel prices."

Along with this letter, Helen is also urging her constituents to sign a Government ePetition to secure a debate in the House of Commons on PumpWatch. The proposed watchdog would ensure transparency and assist motorists in understanding how fuel prices are set and where their money goes from the forecourt. This will also be of benefit to local business who may not be privy to wholesale fuel prices which are not always passed on to consumers. The epetition has already been signed by more than 15,000 people.

The Chancellor's first Autumn Statement since his appointment will be delivered on Wednesday 23rd November.

Constituents can sign the epetition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/170006

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