Ritchie calls on British Government to lower fuel duty

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Thursday, May 24th, 2012
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has tabled an Early Day Motion at Westminster calling on government to alleviate the burden for those struggling with the soaring cost of petrol and diesel. Speaking to Newry Times, Ms Ritchie said: “So many people in our communities are living in fuel poverty and are really struggling to run their vehicles due to the soaring costs of petrol and diesel. This is increasing financial stress on families and is having a hugely detrimental impact on people and businesses, particularly those living in rural areas. It is also compounding the sense of isolation being felt by the elderly and those who are disabled as they simply cannot afford the fuel or a taxi to drive to their local town or village to access essential services.” She continued, “Additionally, it is making it enormously difficult for young people to travel to work or access employment opportunities. This is all coming at a time when people are having their benefits cut, youth unemployment is growing and the cost of living is rising. Fuel prices in Northern Ireland are particularly high in comparison to other regions and this problem is being exacerbated by differential pricing practices from large retailers.” “I am calling on the British Government to lower the cost of fuel duty to alleviate the burden which these high fuel prices are having on people. This would be a revenue-neutral for HM Treasury and must be considered,” Ritchie added.
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