Treasury sources have said today that the planned August rise of fuel duty has been deferred until January next year, at a one-off cost to the Exchequer of £550 million.
Sources insisted the announcement was timed for today because it was the last Treasury questions session in the Commons before MPs begin their summer recess next month. One source said:
It is a way of helping families, and businesses as well, with the cost of living. It is a way of recognising that the cost of living is an issue.