‘Wilson’s refusal to investigate fuel duty proposals will cost local people money’ – Hazzard

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Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Sinn Féin MLA for South Down Chris Hazzard has stated that the Finance Ministers’ refusal to investigate Sinn Féin Proposals surrounding the harmonisation of fuel duty across the island of Ireland will cost local people money.

Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard

Speaking to Newry Times, Hazzard said, “Sinn Féin have placed proposals in front of the Minister for Finance calling for a proper assessment to be carried out into the economic impact of the harmonisation of fuel duty across the island of Ireland as a mechanism to deliver real and tangible savings. “The proposals could deliver extra revenue which would be accrued through the reduction in losses in trade to southern counties. It would also in the long-term help stabilise local economies along the border corridor allowing for greater sustainability in economic growth. “In areas like South Down there has been a decline in the number of petrol stations especially close to the border as people bypass them on the way to the South to get cheaper fuel. This has lead to people losing jobs and investment in local communities. “He and his party are tied to an ideological and dogmatic position which, instead of delivering for local people, will automatically oppose anything that contains either a cross border solution to building the economy or indeed challenges the British exchequer. Hazzard added, “Sinn Fein are the only party that are bringing forward proposals that would see a reduction in the cost of fuel to consumers, households and SME’s. Other parties must now take these issues more seriously.”
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