Prime Minister Theresa May will announce that fuel duty is to be frozen for the ninth year in a row.
The move comes following rumours of a 2p rise in fuel duty that was to be included in the Autumn Budget at the end of October. May will make the comments in her closing remarks to the Conservative Party Conference today.
As fuel prices have reached new heights in recent months, May will say that the move to freeze fuel duty signifies to motorists and transport organisations that her government is “on their side.” The decision to hold fuel duty at 57.95p per litre will make sure that the “little bit of money” that drivers can “put away at the end of the month” is not “measured in pounds and pence”.
May also emphasised the “peace of mind” that comes with having savings and emphasised “the joy and precious memories of a week’s holiday with the family” that many already struggle to afford. “They are the people this party exists for,” she is to say, “They are the people for whom this party must deliver.”
“Some have wondered if there would be a thaw in our fuel duty freeze this year. Today I can confirm that in the budget later this month, the chancellor will freeze fuel duty again.