BELTS need to be tightened to deal with the ever-increasing cost of living.
But once again prices are rising and it’s the motorist who is being hit.
Petrol prices in Yorkshire are among the lowest in the country – but they’re set to rise by 8p a litre from next year.
But it’s set to hit at a time when public transport fares are increasing too.
From January train fares for Huddersfield commuters will rise by around 10% – among the highest in the country. It means that the £1,124 annual rail fare into Leeds and back could rise by more than £100.
So motorists forced to leave their cars at home due to rising petrol prices are being met by sharp increases in public transport.
There seems to be a lack of joined up thinking – if the cost of living continues to rise people will have less to spend. They’ll make cut backs which in turn will mean less money is being pumped into the economy.
The government needs to look at the wider picture and realise that continuing to allow such costs to rise will not help the economy in the long run.