BUSINESS leaders in Huddersfield today welcomed a decision by Chancellor Alistair Darling to shelve plans for a 2p increase in fuel duty in October.
Mr Darling said he had decided to freeze the duty at its current rate of 50.53p a litre “to help motorists and businesses get through what is a difficult time for everyone”.
The move follows sharp hikes in world commodity prices – with the price of oil almost doubling over the past year to reach a record high of 146 dollars a barrel.
Motoring organisation the RAC said: “This is welcome news but it does not go far enough. We would like to see the Chancellor not just postpone future rises but actually cut fuel duty.”
The Lockwood-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce had been lobbying for the increase to be scrapped.
Steven Leigh, senior policy adviser for the Lockwood-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber, said: “We are pleased there has been recognition from Government that the public and businesses are suffering as a result of increased oil prices. It has taken the Chancellor some time to take notice of our announcements urging him to defer this proposed rise, for which there was no justification.”