Campaigners have called for a slash in fuel duty ahead of the Autumn Statement, while a think tank labelled rural farming communities the ‘backbone’ of Britain.
A think tank has called on the government to slash VAT on domestic heating oil, while raising the alarm about “elevated rates of fuel poverty” in rural communities, ahead of the chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
The briefing, which was released alongside Alba Party MP Kenny MacAskill, underscores the severe impact of the cost of living crisis on rural communities, revealing a 45 percent rise in anxiety among respondents.
The group has urged the chancellor to wield post-Brexit powers to slash VAT on domestic heating oil to zero and cut the 20 percent VAT on rural businesses.
David Bean, Parliament and government relations manager at the Countryside Alliance, warned of “extra costs” associated with rural living and laid…
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