Accountant joins fight to stop fuel duty rise

A tax and accountancy specialist has joined the calls to stop a planned 3p rise in fuel duty.

Tracie Lee, who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Boston, wants Chancellor George Osborne to abandon the increase in his Autmun Statement on December 5.

She said: “For trades people and service providers who make home visits, their cars and vans are a vital part of their service, not a luxury and they can’t absorb the cost of fuel price increases.”

The rise could come in in January.

Tracie added: “Trading conditions remain tough for local small businesses and the Government needs to do more to help them access vital funding to create growth and jobs.”

She is also calling on the Chancellor to freeze business rates, increase the VAT threshold, and widen the employer’s National Insurance Contributions holiday for new businesses.

She said: “These simple measures would provide significant savings for many small business owners and would be a welcome early Christmas present from the Chancellor.”