Downing Street has today defied growing calls to cut fuel duty again, despite the average cost of 

Downing Street has today defied growing calls to cut fuel duty again, despite the average cost of  hitting a new record high.

Figures show the average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts reached 185.04p on Sunday – up 7.1p in just a week.

Diesel also reached 190.9p per litre on Sunday – a slight fall back from Saturday’s record 191.03p- according to figures from data firm Experian.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams today described the ‘speed and scale’ of the rise in fuel prices as ‘staggering’.

The latest rise also comes after the cost of filling up a family car hit £100 for the first time last week.

In a bid to tackle the soaring pump prices – sparked by a surge in demand in the wake of Covid lockdowns and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – the Treasury cut fuel duty by 5p in March.

Experts predict at current prices that the Treasury is taking around £46 in tax from the average full tank – from fuel duty and VAT.

And motoring groups want the Government to launch another tax cut to help out drivers already facing higher energy and food bills.

But Downing Street looks set to resist any further reduction, with Boris Johnson’s spokesperson today saying the Government had ‘no plans’ to cut fuel duty again.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘We know this is challenging for families up and down the country, and techinfluential indeed in other countries which are all suffering from high oil and gas prices globally.

‘The Business Secretary has written to the competition watchdog to conduct an urgent review of the fuel market following concerns drivers aren’t getting a fair deal for fuel across the country.

‘That follows the 5p fuel duty cut, which is the biggest ever cut to fuel duty rates.’

Asked if the PM ruled out another fuel duty cut, the spokesman said: ‘There are no plans for that. 

Downing Street looks set to resist a further reduction in fuel duty, with Boris Johnson's (pictured) spokesperson today saying the Government had 'no plans' for another cut

Downing Street looks set to resist a further reduction in fuel duty, with Boris Johnson’s (pictured) spokesperson today saying the Government had ‘no plans’ for another cut

Figures show the average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts reached a new high of 185p on Sunday - up 7.1p in just a week. The average price of diesel also reached 190.9p per litre on Sunday, according to figures from data firm Experian. Pictured: Library image

Figures show the average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts reached a new high of 185p on Sunday – up 7.1p in just a week.The average price of diesel also reached 190.9p per litre on Sunday, according to figures from data firm Experian. Pictured: Library image

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‘We have a £37billion package that includes the fuel duty cut and a raft of other measures aimed at protecting the most vulnerable and, indeed, also ensuring the majority of workers – 70 per cent – are better off thanks to Government action from July.’ 

Asked about the Treasury’s income from VAT on fuel, the spokesman added: ‘As ever when it comes to VAT, you need to look at it in the round – focusing on one element of VAT would be misleading.

‘There is no VAT windfall and in fact the OBR forecasted lower VAT receipts for this year than they did in the autumn.

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