Autumn statement: Chancellor George Osborne's mini-Budget slammed as 'miserable, penny pinching and gloom laden' by MP
CLEETHORPES MP Martin Vickers has welcomed the scrapping of a planned 3p rise in fuel duty as part of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.
Although his Grimsby counterpart Austin Mitchell called the mini-Budget "miserable, penny pinching and gloom-laden".
Chancellor George Osborne had been expected to delay the increase until April, but instead announced in his Statement that he intended to scrap it completely.
Mr Vickers said it would be "a saving for every household and a boost for the haulage industry that is a major part of the local economy".
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The Chancellor's statement also confirmed funding for the dualling of the A160/180.
But amid a generally poor economic outlook, Mr Osborne was forced to admit he would miss his own target for reducing the national debt.
He vowed, however, to press on with efforts to cut the deficit, saying the UK was "on the right track – and turning back now would be a disaster".
Mr Vickers said: "There is much to welcome in the Autumn Statement including the increase in personal tax allowances, and as vice-chairman of the All Party Fair Fuel Group I am particularly pleased with the cancellation of the petrol duty increase.
"The statement also confirms the A160 upgrade, which is vital to the development of Immingham and the south Humber bank."
Meanwhile, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said the Government's Autumn Statement was "unfair, incompetent and completely out of touch".
During the statement, Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell tweeted: "What a miserable, defensive, head down, penny pinching and gloom-laden Autumn Statement!"
Mr Osborne also announced an extra £350 million for the Regional Growth Fund, as well as plans to begin implementing Lord Heseltine's recommendation for a dedicated pot of cash from which Local Enterprise Partnerships can draw.
And asked by Mr Vickers if he would "look sympathetically" on applications for additional funding from the pan-Humber enterprise zone the Chancellor said that he would.
Earlier, Mr Osborne had told MPs: "Yes, the deficit is still far too high for comfort. We cannot relax our efforts to make our economy safe.
"But Britain is heading in the right direction. The road is hard but we're making progress."