Procurement · 23 November 2016

Autumn Statement 2016: Fuel duty frozen for seventh year

Fuel duty
Businesses reliant on cars and vans will not see a surge in fuel costs
Britain’s travelling small business owners are celebrating after chancellor Philip Hammond revealed that fuel duty would be frozen for a seventh year running.

Announced during the Autumn Statement 2016 speech, the expected savings equate to 130 a year for car drivers and 350 for van drivers at a cost of 850m to government.

The policy was one of the surprise packages of the Autumn Statement, with fuel duty previously set for an increase in 2017. Fuel duty will now remain at 57.95p per litre the price set at the March 2011 Budget. Hammond said this meant that the current freeze is the longest for 40 years.

Hannah Maundrell, from comparison site money.co.uk, commented: The chancellor simply couldnt let the fuel duty hike go ahead when the price we pay at the pump is already yoyo-ing in response to the fluctuating sterling/dollar exchange rate. Keeping fuel prices low will help stop inflation soaring so it’s in the government’s interest as much as ours.

A poll taken ahead of the Autumn Statement by consultancy firm Lansons assessed the policy priorities of small business owners, and found that a consecutive freeze on fuel duty was the most important issue for 22 per cent of respondents.

In response to the continued freeze of fuel duty, a spokesperson from insurer NFU Mutual stated that the benefits would be most felt by small UK businesses that depend on transportation to make money.

the news should help to ease uncertainty for people and businesses concerning rising costs from increased inflation, and support UK commerce in line with the chancellor’s commitment to invest in the country’s productivity, a spokesperson said.


 
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Hunter Ruthven was previously editor of Business Advice. He was also the editor of Real Business, the UK's most-read website for entrepreneurs and business leaders at the helm of growing SMEs.

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