By Daniel Hunter

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has renewed calls to postpone the 3p rise in fuel duty.

As it stands the duty will come into effect in January, but Balls has called for it to be delayed until at least April.

Writing for PoliticsHome’s Central Lobby Balls reveals Labour will force a Commons vote on the issue this Monday, and urges Coalition MPs to help stop the duty rise.

“At a time when the cost of living is rising, our recovery is fragile and this out of touch government is giving 8,000 millionaires a tax cut, it cannot be right to hit middle and low income families and small businesses with another tax increase," he said.

“That is why Labour is calling on the Chancellor to cancel January’s planned 3p rise in fuel duty — at least until next April. We will put this to a vote in Parliament on Monday and I hope MPs from all parties will stand up for their constituents and back our call.”

To fund the delay, Mr Balls says the Government should clamp down on a tax avoidance schemes used by employment agencies, which he claims could save the taxpayer up to £1 billion.

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