Petrol car tax increases to pay for the Universal Credit rise would impact "low-income families", an expert has warned.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reportedly considering a 5p per litre hike on fuel duty changes.

It is believed Mr Sunak is thinking about it in order to make the £20-a-week Universal Credit increase permanent.

However, Howard Cox, founder of FairFuelUK, has warned the idea would be "pure vindictiveness".

He claimed the increasing tax is "political suicide" and would be seen as "lashing out" at drivers in the UK.

And the changes could see the low-income families of the country impacted by the hike.

Howard said: "Hiking fuel tax is like putting an even bigger hole in a sinking ship.

"5p on duty raises only a fraction of the cost of the hike in Universal Credit.

"It is pure vindictiveness forced by an ill-informed green agenda, that the Treasury are lashing out at motorists.

"[It will] cost jobs, raise inflation, and hit 'white van men' and low-income families hardest."

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It has been reported the Chancellor has warned "drastic measures" could be needed to pay for the £6billion Universal Credit charges.

A senior Conservative MP told The Sun: "We have spent nearly £300billion so far in this pandemic to help support families.

"As a former Conservative PM once said, there is no magic money tree."

For almost a decade, the fuel duty has been frozen at 57.95p per litre but it has been hinted that it could increase.

However, Mr Sunak has previously confirmed repeated fuel duty freezes had cost the Treasury over £110billion.

Since the initial freeze back in 2011, drivers in the UK are said to have saved £1,200 each under the policy.

In other news, new car tax changes could push drivers to "breaking point", an expert has warned.

Motoring lawyer Nick Freeman has claimed councils need to cut down costs as many might be hit badly due to Covid-19.

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