Letters: Fuel tax politics

The decision to postpone the 3p fuel duty increase to January will probably go down well with some hard-pressed families (Report, 27 June). But wholesale oil prices are only going to rise in the long-term. What the government should be providing is a choice in how we all get around for everyday journeys. With rail fares set to rise above inflation in January and more bus services being cut, more of us are being denied a choice. Running an increasingly expensive car is the only option for many. A quarter of British families already don’t have access to a car. This £550m would have been better spent on investment in providing a transport choice from which we could all benefit.
Joe Williams
Policy adviser, Sustrans

• Fuel duty rise planned for August postponed until January, helping to keep inflation down. September inflation figures determine rises in pensions and benefits from next April. Coincidence?
Neil Gershon
Haywards Heath, West Sussex

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