Liberal Democrat MP for Tiverton and Honiton has warned that the Conservative government isn’t doing enough to help rural areas like Devon being hit by soaring petrol prices.
More help needed for rural areas like Devon says Richard Foord
Paul Haydon www.devonlive.com
It comes after a report by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found “cause for concern” in the sector. The urgent CMA review into fuel prices, originally commissioned by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, also reported there are “significant differences in prices between many rural and urban areas.”
The government has not yet announced any further action to tackle sky-rocketing fuel prices despite several recommendations being but forward in the CMA review, including greater transparency for consumers over fuel prices.
The Liberal Democrats are calling for a rural fuel duty cut of 10p per litre, to help families being hardest hit by soaring prices at the pump. The party is also calling for an emergency VAT cut to 17.5%, which would reduce fuel prices and put an average of £600 in the pockets of the average family.
Liberal Democrat MP for Tiverton and Honiton Richard Foord said: “This review confirms what we already knew, residents in rural communities like Devon are being hit hardest by soaring petrol prices. Yet instead of acting now, the Conservatives are kicking action into the long grass. They’d rather wait to see who their next leader is than offer help to those who really need it now.