Fuel prices protest ‘likely’

Survey finds direct action over fuel prices is a possibility

Fuel prices and cuts to public services are the most likely source of protest in Britain, according to research.

More than half of Britons, 52%, said they were prepared to take action about fuel prices, followed by 47% who said they would protest about axing of public services in areas such as health and libraries.

The online survey of 2,003 people was carried out in February for Theos, the public theology think-tank.

The findings on fuel prices come as Chancellor George Osborne comes under pressure to cancel a 1p duty rise in April.

Mr Osborne last month repeated his pledge to examine that option and said the Government continued to look into the introduction of a stabiliser mechanism to iron out big price fluctuations.

He said oil prices around the world had gone up “a lot” in recent months and British drivers were “paying the price” at the petrol pump.

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