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Published date : 06 December, 2012

The Scottish National Party’s Mr Pete Wishart MP, member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire has hailed the announcement that a planned 3p rise in fuel duty is set to be scrapped as a victory for common sense and the ‘culmination of a hard fought campaign’.

Speaking this morning (Thursday), Mr Wishart said:

“The SNP has long been at the forefront of calls to scrap the rise in fuel duty that had been planned, highlighting the enormous damage it does to households and businesses. Had the rise gone ahead as planned, it would have represented a £130 million tax rise for Scottish households and businesses and put around 4,000 jobs at risk.

“Working with FairFuel UK, the SNP has repeatedly attracted cross-party support for its efforts to win a fairer deal on fuel duties for households and businesses so I am delighted that the culmination of a hard fought campaign has been this victory for commons sense.”

“Sky high fuel prices affect every single one of us, driving up the cost of motoring and the price of everything we buy in our day to day lives.

“In Scotland’s many rural communities high fuel prices have a particularly heavy impact as prices are usually both even higher than urban areas and are unavoidable for households who simply do not have the option of using more public transport. 

“The last thing that people needed was a fresh hike to fuel duty, so I am sure that the people of Perthshire will be delighted that our campaign has been successful.”

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