FairFuelUK
FairFuelUK, the Nationally Recognised Award Winning Campaign fighting for lower petrol & diesel prices, is widely accredited with stopping £30 billion of road user taxes being levied on businesses & public in this Parliament
Quentin WillsonQuentin Willson is one of Britain’s best-known motoring authorities and is lead campaigner for FairFuelUK. He spent over a decade presenting BBC's Top Gear and was largely responsible for bringing the once scandalously high prices of new cars in the UK down to the same level as the rest of Europe.
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Monday, July 6, 2015



Please see our open letter to the Chancellor, from 1.1m Campaign Supporters, the RAC, FTA, RHA, APN and Microlise endorsed by 33 MPs listed below, regarding his Fuel Duty plans.

"FairFuelUK and the undersigned MPs from all Parties warn George Osborne that an inflation based fuel duty rise in the coming Emergency Budget or in future years will lower GDP, cost the UK £8 billion in reduced economic activity, raise inflation and sabotage one of the slowest economic recoveries this country has ever seen. Even The Treasury has said that the Government’s freeze on duty since 2011 has improved GDP by 0.5% and that ‘low fuel costs are good for the economy’. The UK already has the highest duty regimes in the EU, 98% of FairFuelUK’s 1.1 million supporters believe this is too high and research by CEBR confirm that fuel duty is already at an unsustainable level. To ignore 37 million drivers, deny the fact we are reliant on a road economy and side-step haversacks of prestigious academic fiscal research will seem arrogant and reckless. Before the election this Government trumpeted its policy of keeping fuel costs low to stimulate growth and jobs. A volte-face now will appear duplicitous. We urge the Chancellor to be fearless and continue to protect the UK’s fragile road-based economy by at least freezing fuel duty in the lifetime of this Parliament. However he must consider a real cut in this levy, the economist’s preferred choice and proven to spawn prolonged growth tax revenue for the Exchequer.”

 

Sincerely

  • Quentin Willson (TVBroadcaster, Journalist and FairFuelUK Campaigner)
  • Howard Cox (Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign)
  • Richard Burnett CEO RHA.FairFuelUK Campaign backer
  • David Wells CEO FTA.FairFuelUK Campaign backer
  • David Bizley Chief EngineerRAC.FairFuelUK Campaign backer
  • Paul Sanders Assoc Pallet Networks.FairFuelUK Campaign backer
  • Bob Harbey MD MicroliseLtd. FairFuelUK Campaign backer

Here is a list of MPs from all Parties supporting FairFuelUK’s call for Fuel Duty sense. They signed at the FairFuelUK Campaign’s Pre Budget Reception in Portcullis House, July 1st2015. That was attended by 70 MPs


  • Alan Brown (SNP)
  • Albert Owen (L)
  • Alistair Carmichael (LD)
  • Angus MacNeil (SNP)
  • Bob Blackman (C)
  • Caroline Nokes (C)
  • Calum Kerr (SNP)
  • Danny Kinahan (UUP)
  • Dennis Skinner (L)
  • Douglas Chapman (SNP)
  • Heather Wheeler (C)
  • Ian Paisley (DUP)
  • Jason McCartney (C)
  • Jim Cunningham (L)
  • Jim Shannon (DUP)
  • John McNally (SNP)
  • Julie Cooper (L)
  • Madeline Moon (L)
  • Margaret Ferrier (SNP)
  • Margaret Ritchie (SDLP)
  • Mark Williams (LD)
  • Mary Glindon (L)
  • Peter Aldous (C)
  • Rachael Maskell (L)
  • Richard Arkless (SNP)
  • Rob Flello (L) MP
  • Rosie Cooper (L)
  • Sharon Hodgson (L)
  • Stephen Met
  • Sir David Amess (C)
  • Sir Gerald Kaufman (L)
  • Sir Peter Bottomley (C)
  • Stuart Donaldson (SNP)
A full breakdown of the FairFuelUK Campaign messages sent to all MPs and actively supported by 146 MPs including those listed above can be downloaded at http://www.fairfueluk.com/index6.html

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Thursday, July 2, 2015




Thursday, June 25, 2015



The commodity’s decline in price has left consumers feeling that they have more cash in their pocket and also lowered costs for businesses.

 For 5 years we have been campaigning and lobbying decision makers that lower pump prices are good for our economy. Time and time again the "experts" come out and agree with our evidence. here is yet another top economics guru saying the same.  

"A fall in oil price is like a tax cut. Why? It leaves income in the pocket of consumers because they’re spending less on other things: petrol in their cars, heating costs,” said Trevor Williams, chief economist at Lloyds Bank Commercial. "Firms face lowers costs too because clearly their input prices, either fuel or energy and so on, are low. So firms and households benefit when oil prices fall.”  While there is widespread optimism that the UK will continue on its current path, Williams pointed out that the current recovery was not as good as previous ones. "The economy is currently 4% bigger than it was in the period just prior to the recession. So if we’re looking at the 2008 first quarter, the economy is now 4% larger, it’s good news. And some revisions recently suggest it may be a bit bigger than that. "But this recovery is not as strong as previous recoveries: the 1990s recovery or the 1980s recovery, and the reason is clear: it’s due to the nature of the downturn that we had…”

Travel companies are also likely to benefit from the growth in the middle classes, as the economies of the developing world continue to flourish. "The world economy continues to grow and therefore the number of people who can afford to travel continues to grow alongside it,” Williams said. He also pointed out that consumer confidence remains high, which was aided by a resilient labour market. "You’re not going to get an increase in consumer confidence unless you get falling unemployment and rising employment, and that’s what the UK has had.” Williams was speaking at a joint seminar held by Lloyds Bank and the Association of ATOL Companies. 

Full article at http://www.ttgdigital.com/news/falling-oil-prices-help-boost-uk-economy/4697649.article


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Monday, June 15, 2015



Will George Osborne Increase Fuel DutyDark clouds are gathering for diesel drivers. Media attention over NOx and particulate emissions plus recent EU rulings on UK air quality have brought the damaging effects of diesel into the mainstream. And there’s a very real possibility that Westminster will use the current tide of anti-diesel sentiment as a reason to hike duty. Trouble is, over 50% of all the cars registered in the UK run on diesel and any tax increase on derv-powered cars and vans will cost consumers hundreds of millions. Not to mention the increase in costs to hauliers who rely on diesel more than anybody.


Diesel particulates – that’s the tiny black particles you see coming from tail pipes on acceleration – are a public health issue and the cause of asthma and thousands of premature deaths across Europe. In fact we don’t know how damaging PM10s are to our respiratory systems because not enough research has been done. Something clearly has to change but instead of taking the easy option and blaming the car industry we need to understand why this has happened in the first place.


Back in 2001, Gordon Brown lowered the tax on lower sulphur diesel because the thinking then was that increasing diesel use would help lower CO2 emissions and reduce global warming. Remember how back then CO2 and climate change was seen as a huge threat to the world? Well, that policy change made millions of drivers switch to diesel and pushed the prevalence of diesel cars and vans to 50% of the entire UK car park. Carmakers in the UK simply reacted to demand and started selling more diesel cars than petrol. Labour’s fuel duty escalators continually pushed up the price of fuel so drivers became even more attracted to diesel because of its higher MPG figures. And those policy changes from 2001 to 2011 are why diesel cars have become so widely used in this country. You can’t blame the car manufacturers.


Instead of trying to reduce diesel use by higher taxation we need to look at the oldest and most polluting cars, vans, buses and trucks as the biggest cause of particulate pollution and get them off the road. We need a diesel scrappage scheme to remove the oldest and dirtiest diesels from our cities and incentivise consumers and businesses to buy newer cleaner models. Because, and here’s the thing, consumers shouldn’t be blamed for following the government’s advice and changing to diesel. However well intentioned that advice may have been, history has proved it ill-informed, and 17 million car drivers shouldn’t be financially penalised because of that. They simply thought they were doing the right thing.


There’s a real risk here that the UK car industry will be damaged, consumers will be disadvantaged, residual values of diesels will collapse and any increase in diesel fuel duty will reduce growth and GDP. This doomsday scenario could quickly unravel and cost the UK economy several billion. This is an issue that needs to be handled very carefully indeed.


Quentin Willson


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015



If ever there was a vindication of what we’ve been saying for the last four years about Westminster politicians being completely disconnected from the burden of road fuel costs, its Andy Burnham’s recent tragic howler on the current cost of a litre of unleaded.

 

The Labour leader-in-waiting told a union conference that petrol was £1.60 a litre, when its actually £1.16p.

 

His audience rightly greeted this revealing slip up with a hail of booing. And the sad, inescapable truth here is that too many of our politicians still don’t understand how important transport costs are to the UK economy.


To get the figure wrong by over 40p doesn’t just show he can’t be spending much time on a forecourt, it also reveals an ignorance of just how serious £1.60 a litre would be to families and businesses across the country. Such a high price per litre would have crippled the economy, raised inflation, hiked interest rates and sent firms and individuals into bankruptcy and insolvency. That he’s obviously been labouring under this high priced misconception for some time shows that he just isn’t engaged or aware of what the price of petrol and diesel means to the rest of us. This is a deeply telling mistake that doesn’t reflect well on the London political class at all.


FairFuelUK has known that our politicians are out of touch but never in our wildest imaginings did we think they’d be this detached from the everyday realities of transport costs. This incident proves that we need to continue educating ministers and MPs on how expensive fuel and how it affects all our lives. The irony here is that if FairFuel hadn’t lobbied so hard to suspend all Labour’s planned duty rises since 2011, petrol would indeed by £1.60 a litre, Andy Burnham would have been spot on and the economy would have crumbled to dust.

 

We’re absolutely right to campaign for lower fuel costs for the UK and keep pushing London to grasp how growth, jobs and prosperity are conditional on affordable transport. Because if we didn’t the £1.60 litre would be a terrible and intolerable reality. We should all understand the seriousness of Mr Burnham’s mistake – its proof that politicians still aren’t listening to the UK fuel debate and it’s our duty to make sure they do.

 

Quentin Willson

 

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