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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Friday, April 17, 2015



Christine Legarde head of the IMFYou cannot believe this, but we can! Any new UK Government will probably listen to the 'experts' in the IMF and increase Fuel Duty due to falling oil prices. Read on.....it beggars belief 

The International Monetary Fund has urged the U.K to "seize the opportunity" created by falling oil prices to "re-balance the tax burden" from income to fuel.

In an overview of global economic conditions, the IMF sets out fiscal policies it believes are necessary to secure "sustainable economic growth". The organisation says that in advanced economies "a moderate and uneven recovery is taking place, supported by lower oil prices" and fiscal measures. But high debt levels "continue to pose headwinds to growth".

The IMF urges the use of fiscal policy to support growth, "for example, higher public investment in infrastructure could raise aggregate demand in the short-term and increase potential output in the medium-term". And it says that falling oil prices allow countries like the U.K to "reduce negative externalities caused by energy consumption and provide breathing room for re-balancing the tax burden... by lowering taxes on labour and provide space for productive spending".

The main political parties, publishing their manifestos this week, have declined to make commitments on fuel duty, and UKIP did not include a previous pledge to cut it in its manifesto. Council leaders have called for a proportion of fuel duty to be ring-fenced for highway maintenance to bolster revenues as traffic volumes grow.

Article sourced from http://www.transportxtra.com/magazines/local_transport_today/news/?ID=43427 

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Monday, March 23, 2015



 FairFuelUK Poll 2015

 

Dear FairFuelUK Supporter

We need your help, please take part in the largest ever POLL of UK’s drivers. It really is time to show our MPs and prospective MPs the power of majority opinion and common sense. Help us to produce the biggest survey ever seen at Westminster. The POLL will take just 5 minutes.

It’s clear from our extensive lobbying and contact with MPs and Ministers that the 40m driving license holders will be hit even harder in tax by the next Government.

  • The UK remains the highest fuel duty nation in the EU & developed world
  • The UK has the highest Diesel prices in the EU and the second highest for petrol
  • The UK is the only EU state that charges more for Diesel than Petrol
  • The UK has the lowest take up of greener fuels because of the worst incentives to convert fuels

Despite the Treasury recognising from our extensive presentation of independent economic evidence that cutting fuel prices generates jobs, stimulates GDP and lowers inflation, Westminster rumours abound with post-election tax hikes. Yes you got it, the high spending politcians will be taking more tax from the hard pressed British Motorist after the General Election. We have to present to them that yet again they have got it wrong.

We have already proved directly to the Chancellor and his Ministerial team in our latest 2015 CEBR updated research that the combined effect of lower oil prices and the fuel duty policy since 2011 has saved the typical UK household over £365 a year. With over 26 million households in the UK, this equates to an extra £9.9 billion collective increase in household spending power broken down as follows:

  • Due to the Fuel Duty Policy and as a direct result of the FairFuelUK Campaign = + £3.9bn
  • Due to Recent oil price falls = + £6.0bn


We even asked in a direct letter to Mr Osborne to:

  • "Please commit and state that if you help form the next Government you will freeze fuel duty on all vehicle fuels for the lifetime of the next Parliament. BUT please go further for the continuing benefit to the economy and cut duty on all vehicle fuels throughout the next Parliament by at least 3ppl. Our empirical independent economic evidence and what has been shown to have been achieved in your current term will continue to result in a net benefit to the new Exchequer.”

  • "In your Budget, please lead FairFuelUK’s call for a full and transparent inquiry into how prices at the pumps are managed in relation to the fluctuations of oil prices. This is supported by all Political Parties and has been driven hard by Jason McCartney MP, Martin Vickers MP, Rob Flello MP, Tessa Munt MP and of course by your excellent PPS and FairFuelUK’s good campaigning friend, Robert Halfon MP.”
The Chancellor chose to ignore both requests and has yet to reply to the letter.

So it’s time to really tell the Government of whatever Party or combination of Parties that is elected on May 7th to listen to motorists. 70% of the electorate drive a vehicle. The remainder also need lower pump prices to help with their cost of living. Each MP has 1600 FairFuelUK Supporters in their Constituency. This means in marginal Parliamentary Seats in particular your opinion counts, ‘BIG TIME!’.

Please take part in our POLL. All completed responses will be collated and as soon as we hit a significant high level of response, the findings will be sent to every MP, every Parliamentary Prospective Candidate, the press and media. Thanks as ever. Without your help we'd be paying considerably more.

Quentin Willson and Howard Cox
Founders of the FairFuelUK Campaign

To take part in the quick and easy poll go to this link Some of you may need to copy this link http://www.fairfueluk.com/fairfuelukpoll.html into your browser as clicking on it, may not work.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015



Today’s Budget is very welcome that Fuel Duty has been frozen again. FairFuelUK has campaigned relentlessly to show that lower pump prices and in particular cutting duty stimulates GDP, generates new jobs and lowers inflation. But why doesn't the Government go further and drive the UK economy continually upwards by cutting duty. It's proven that will happen. We give Mr Osborne 6 out of 10 for endeavour and will continue to campaign that duty should be frozen for the lifetime of the next Parliament with more pressure on a real cut in the Autumn Statement. The Treasury takes nearly 70% in tax and still has not called for an Pump Pricing Inquiry. The Chancellor has been extremely lucky because Oil Prices have fallen dramatically and consequential lower pump prices have hidden the huge amount of tax still being paid by 32m voting drivers. This means the Government can take credit and hide behind a continual freeze in this levy. Motorists continue to be fleeced by retailers, speculators and the Government. UK Motorists will decide at the ballot box in May which Party is best for them.
 
Full details of related tax issues in today's Budget:
 

Fuel Duty

The government will cancel the RPI inflation fuel duty increase of 0.54 pence per litre scheduled for 1 September 2015.

As announced at Autumn Statement 2014, from 1 April 2015, the government will apply a reduced rate of fuel duty to aqua methanol. The rate will be set at 7.90 pence per litre. The government will review the impact of this incentive at Autumn Statement 2016.


The Council of the European Union has fully approved the government’s application to extend the rural fuel duty rebate scheme to seventeen areas of the UK mainland. The scheme will be implemented on 1 April 2015 and will enable retailers in eligible areas to register for a 5 pence per litre fuel duty discount.


Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)

From 1 April 2015 VED rates for cars, vans, motorcycles and motorcycle trade licences will increase by RPI. Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) VED and Road User Levy rates will be frozen for one year. As announced at Budget 2014, from 1 April 2016 a vehicle manufactured before 1 January 1976 will be exempt from paying VED.



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Monday, March 16, 2015



The FairFuelUK Campaign sent a pre Budget "thank you” letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Treasury. It is sent on behalf of its prominent backers, the RAC, FTA, RHA, APN and UKLPG plus 1.1m supporters. Each MP has an average of over 1600 active campaign supporters in their constituencies. The letter to Mr Osborne asking for action on behalf of 32m voting motorists in this week’s Budget and signed by TV broadcaster and motoring journalist Quentin Willson said in part…..


"Dear Chancellor……..we would like to thank you for the 1 penny cut and freeze in fuel duty in the lifetime of this Parliament. It’s clear that you should have been given more credit for these fiscal decisions boldly made against the backdrop of the previous administration’s heinous fuel duty plans.”


"…..The pragmatic series of NIESR & CEBR evidence we presented to the Treasury in 2012 and 2013 showed that lower prices at the pumps benefits GDP, lowers inflation and generates new jobs. In fact, our latest 2015 CEBR updated research reassuringly shows that the combined effect of lower oil prices and your fuel duty policy since 2011 has saved the typical UK household over £365 a year. With over 26 million households in the UK, this equates to a £9.9 billion collective increase in household spending power broken down as follows: 

  • Due to your Fuel Duty Policy and as a direct result of the FairFuelUK Campaign = + £3.9bn
  • Due to Recent oil price falls= + £6.0bn”


"In the last 5 years of frozen fuel duty plus the very welcome 1p cut in March 2011, it surely is no coincidence that the UK economy has grown, unemployment is down and inflation nearly wiped out. A fact also endorsed by the Governor of the Bank of England.”


"….Every analyst is in no doubt that the UK economy continues to benefit from lower fuel prices and lower fuel duty, such a fiscal stimulus endorsed by the Treasury in 2014, following our extensive campaigning efforts”


In the letter FairFuelUK goes further and asks the Chancellor to deliver in this week’s Budget on 2 key campaign issues:

  1. "Please commit and state that if you help form the next Government you will freeze fuel duty on all vehicle fuels for the lifetime of the next Parliament. BUT please go further for the continuing benefit to the economy and cut duty on all vehicle fuels throughout the next Parliament by at least 3ppl. Our empirical independent economic evidence and what has been shown to have been achieved in your current term will continue to result in a net benefit to the new Exchequer.”

  2. "In your Budget, please lead FairFuelUK’s call for a full and transparent inquiry into how prices at the pumps are managed in relation to the fluctuations of oil prices. This is supported by all Political Parties and has been driven hard by Jason McCartney MP, Martin Vickers MP, Rob Flello MP, Tessa Munt MP and of course by your excellent PPS and FairFuelUK’s good campaigning friend, Robert Halfon MP.”

 
Quentin Willson, Lead Campaigner for FairFuelUK said: "With The Treasury, Bank of England, CEBR and NIESR all confirming that low road fuel costs significantly benefit the economy, uplift GDP and increase consumer spending, its time to reassure the electorate that the Government will continue to keep fuel duty as low as possible."

Howard Cox, Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign said: "All the good work in this Parliament in stopping Labour's planned tax hikes must not stop at just a continual freeze in duty. It's still way to high.Households across the UK have benefited from £10bn of spending power because of the Chancellor's duty policy and recent falls in the price of crude oil. Our economic evidence has shown that cutting duty will continue to accelerate the country's recovery, generate jobs and keep inflation low. The new Government whatever the Party must not jeopardise this hugely impactful fiscal stimulus and must pledge to lower duty and also regulate fair pricing at the pumps for all vehicle fuels.”
 
FairFuelUK's Letter to the Chancellor can be read and downloaded at: www.fairfueluk.com/Letter_to_chancellor_from_FairFuelUK_March_2015.pdf


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