Countryside Alliance asks for Chancellor's help over petrol prices

Not only do people living in rural areas have to drive further to go to work, further to access essential services like schools, doctors and the supermarket, but they have to pay a lot more for their diesel to do so.

The cost of fuel is a major concern for everyone who lives in the countryside, and cars are fast becoming an unaffordable necessity for many rural families.

We urge the Chancellor to help the rural economy get back on its feet and to cut fuel duty in his forthcoming Budget."

– Countryside Alliance executive chairman Barney White-Spunner.

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