Why petrol costs mean it’s not worth getting a job

Daily Mail features new IEA research

The high cost of fuel is encouraging people to live on benefits because driving to work makes it uneconomical to get a job.

Travel to work costs reduce the extra income gained from getting a job by 40 per cent for the average low income worker, according to a hard-hitting report by the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank today.

An IEA report today demands the abolition of fuel duty, currently 58p a litre, which is the highest in the Western world. The IEA says that fuel costs - which cost taxpayers £33 billion every year - are damaging almost every sector of the economy.

Crucially they say the swingeing cost of filling a tank makes it less likely that people will abandon benefits and get a job.

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