Budget debate: No change to fuel duty

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PETROL duty will not rise next year after the States narrowly voted to overturn proposals in the 2013 Budget.

Members voted yesterday 24 to 21 to adopt an amendment to the Budget from Deputy Gerard Baudains to scrap the planned 3p a litre increase in fuel duty – a rise of 6.9 per cent – that had been suggested by the Treasury.

However, the result means that the States is now £1.4 million short of its income target. As a result Treasury Minister Philip Ozouf was today due to propose a change to his Budget which will mean more duty on tobacco to make up the shortfall.

The Assembly yesterday also rejected a proposal from St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft to limit the rise in alcohol duties to 2.5 per cent.

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