What is fuel duty? Here's all you need to know

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Theresa May is due to announce a freeze on fuel duty for the ninth year in a row during her speech at the Conservative Party conference.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the duty freeze comes at a "significant cost to the Exchequer" but that the Government was easing the burden on families.

No rise in fuel duty

No rise in fuel duty

Here are answers to questions on fuel duty:

What is fuel duty and how much is it?

Fuel duty - as the name suggests - is a tax placed on most fuels, and has stood at 57.95p per litre since the March 2011 budget.

Is that the only tax on fuel?

Value Added Tax - currently at 20% - is then added to the total price at forecourts.

How much does fuel duty bring in for the Treasury?

The Office for Budget Responsibility said it will bring in £28.2 billion in 2018-19, equivalent to £1,000 per household and 3.6% of all income.

How much of the cost of fuel is tax and how has it changed?

According to the RAC Foundation, 59.6% of the pump price of diesel and 61.2% of unleaded is made up of tax. The charity's data, which runs from 2004, shows this peaked at 77% for unleaded and 75.6% for diesel in that year, and reached a low of 52.9% for diesel and 57.1% for unleaded in 2008.