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Tim Farron MP has asked for the fuel duty rise to be axed Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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.

George Osbourne MP Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

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.”

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Tax bus tour reaches Carlisle

A bus that is touring the country explaining how global tax dodging is hurting poor people in the UK and around the world is stopping off in Carlisle.

The Tax Justice Bus will pull up in the city centre on day 44 of it's 53 day tour of the uK and Ireland.

It's being run by Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty and they are inviting local people on board the bus to learn about how they can make a difference in what they call 'the fight for tax Justice'.

The charities are asking people to sign a petition calling on the Prime Minister to push for measures that would require:

  • Companies to report on the profits they make and taxes they pay in every country in which they operate.
  • Tax havens to automatically share information about the money flowing through them with other countries.
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Council tax investigation reveals huge arrears

An investigation by ITV Border has revealed how councils are racking up huge amounts of council tax arrears as more people struggle to pay the bills.

Freedom of information requests to almost every council in the region asking how much outstanding council tax they are chasing highlight the scale of the problem.

The total amount outstanding from the councils who responded to our FOI requests is just over £116 million pounds.

A third of that total is from the last financial year. It comes as organisations who help people with debt have reported a huge rise in the number of people needing help.

Coach company director welcomes fuel freeze

Businesses in the region have welcomed the Chancellor's decision to postpone a planned 3 pence rise in fuel duty.

It had been due to go up in August, but will now be frozen until the end of the year.

ITV Business Club member Chris Reay, Managing Director of Reay's Coaches in Carlisle says it's given their firm a big boost in challenging times.

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