But people say this is the wrong idea. It's raising the cost of fuel for people already facing higher oil prices this year, and because the pound is worth less than usual at the moment, oil from abroad is more expensive to buy.
The government's just not sure what else to do. They don't think raising income tax would be popular, nor do they want to borrow more... nor is there any leeway anywhere else in the budget. Good luck with that one guys.