November 23, 2016
Burnham-On-Sea's MP calls on Chancellor to cut fuel duty

Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to cut fuel duty in today's Autumn Statement – and put more money in the pockets of motorists.

The MP is among a group of more than 50 MPs who have signed a letter to Mr Hammond, urging him to help hard-pressed families and small businesses by cutting fuel duty and introducing a regulator that will stop petrol stations increasing the pump price rapidly when oil prices rise but not being equally quick to cut prices when the oil price falls.

"Too often drivers from across Somerset are taken for a ride by the big oil companies. They feel fuel prices rise like a rocket but fall like a feather," Mr Heappey told

"People are getting ripped off at the pumps and I’d like the Chancellor to do something about that by cutting fuel duty and making sure that oil companies must be more transparent in the way they share the fluctuations in the oil price with the consumer."

Mr Heappey has joined MPs from across the country in presenting a petition to the Treasury calling for action on petrol prices, as pictured here.

The Chancellor will announce his decision on fuel prices in his Autumn Statement which will be delivered to Parliament on Wednesday (23rd November).


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