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Local MP Tim Farron has today written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling on him to axe the planned 3p fuel duty rise in his Autumn Statement in early December.
But Tim’s message wasn’t written on House of Commons paper, it was written on a Lake District postcard.
Tim is calling on local people to join him in sending the Chancellor a postcard of a local Lake District or Cumbrian Yorkshire Dales scene.
He says it will help explain that it is much more expensive to travel around rural areas like Cumbria.
The Autumn Statement will be made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on Wednesday 5 December at 12.30pm. Tim has asked the Chancellor to scrap his proposed 3p rise in fuel duty.
Mr Farron has also proposed that a scheme currently being trialled in the Highlands of Scotland should be introduced to Cumbria.
It would cut the cost of fuel at the pump for Cumbrians by 5p.
Commenting, Tim said;
"High fuel prices are causing real hardship in South Lakeland. I think we need to help hard pressed local families and businesses and the best way of doing that is cutting the cost of fuel. I am calling on the Chancellor to do this in his Autumn Statement and help us in the South Lakes.
“In rural areas like ours a car isn't a luxury, it's a necessity. So from now until the Autumn Statement I will be pressing Treasury ministers to seriously look at this plan and make sure we provide relief to as many people as possible.”