Fuel Duty

Chancellor George Osborne's Budget drew mainly bouquets from business leaders

Budget 2014

Budget greeted mainly with bouquets but one brickbat

By Michael Stones

Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget has been greeted mainly with bouquets, as business leaders praised action on energy prices and exports, while some expressed disappointment about his failure to cut fuel duty.

George Osborne's claims that his plans to revive the economy were working were dismissed as 'complacent boasts' by Ed Balls

Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – in quotes

By Michael Stones

Chancellor George Osborne used the Autumn Statement today (December 5) to insist that his plans to revive the British economy were working. But shadow chancellor Ed Balls dismissed the claims as “complacent boasts”. Here we capture the key points of the...

On your side or on your back? George Osborne claimed the budget showed the government was 'on the side of people trying to work hard'

Manufacturers react to the budget – in quotes

By Mike Stones

Bouquets and brickbats – seemingly in equal measure – greeted the chancellor’s budget this week. Here, we bring you a flavour of the key points in quotes from industry groups and leading players.

Price hikes are
fuel for closures

Price hikes are
fuel for closures


Chancellor George Osborne has given a strong indication that he will review plans to increase fuel duty by 1p a litre in April, a move that would have hit the food industry hard and led to business closures, hauliers have warned.


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