inflation jumping to its highest level in a decade as energy and fuel bills
soar, at FairFuelUK we renew our supporters’ calls for the Treasury to cut Fuel
Duty as a matter of top economic priority."
"High fuel prices are not saving the planet, they are crippling small businesses and low income families. It is in the power of this Government to put cash back into all our pockets by doing the right thing and ignore the green myopic pressure to tax and tax. Time for the Conservatives to revert to type, and cut this regressive punitive levy."
"The vast VAT windfall now filling the Exchequers coffers from the record prices at the pumps, is more than enough extra tax revenue, to warrant a decrease in Fuel Duty. India has cut taxes on petrol and diesel too, all to ease consumer bills, so let’s follow their lead! Boris this fiscal move will put you back in front of the polls too. You know it makes sense.”
"By cutting Fuel Duty by at least 3p per litre will bring UK vehicle fuel taxation more in line with the average of the EU and allow businesses and logistics to invest in drivers and cleaner transport."
The rocketing price of filling up with diesel and petrol is seriously impacting UK’s economic recovery, through rising logistics distribution costs affecting the prices on everything we buy. This rapid increase in the cost of living will be made even worse by next year's tax hikes for millions of households and businesses. The freezing of income tax bans will also drag more workers into the tax net.
To quote Craig Mackinlay MP, Chair of the Fair Fuel APPG from our recent pre-Budget press release: “Pump price rises are bad for the economy, bad for inflation, bad for business and bad for jobs. The CEBR for FairFuelUK, showed motorists in the poorest 10% of the UK population already spend proportionately twice as much of their disposable income on fuel as wealthier groups.”
Before the latest damaging inflationary pressure, the 12 years freeze on fuel duty had reduced CPI by 6.7% and raised household real incomes, especially those of poorest households, by £24bn. Without the freeze in Fuel Duty, pump prices would now be close to £2 per litre. So as the Treasury knows full well, and even published, lower pump prices are good for GDP and consumer spending, ergo cutting duty will help the poor significantly, with the North benefiting most. RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said in a recent FairFuelUK Budget press release:
“UK hauliers are responsible for keeping the UK economy moving. Every penny increase, in the price of fuel adds over £400 a year to the running costs of a typical 44 tonne truck. Chancellor, you need the services this industry provides more than ever. Please, don’t make UK hauliers foot the bill for keeping the nation fed.”
Here are two of our recent press releases
APPG Chair, Craig
Mackinlay says: “The only thing that’s protecting the Government from
electoral harm on this matter is the seeming Westminster consensus and
lack of courage to stand up to the climate fanatics and say: enough!
Sooner or later the public will rebel against this madness. Better to have
the rational debate now before we fully embark on a failing and expensive experiment.”
Sir John Redwood MP said: “There is a lot of common sense in the APPG Fair Fuel Report. Greener transport needs to work for the people it wishes to attract as users. You cannot get to work or run the children to school on a government target. Government needs to explain how these changes are going to be better, popular and affordable.”
Julian Knight MP said “This policy was wrong headed from the start, dreamt up in the kitchen diners of Notting hill, with no understanding of real people’s daily lives. It’s clear that the switch to electric will cause more environmental damage than running clean diesel. What’s more who is to say electric won’t be superseded soon making this whole costly charade a waste of time and money.”
Achievements so far
"it’s been one of the most successful lobbying campaigns in modern political history, successfully diverting billions from the treasury with barely a squeak." Gaby Hinsliff - the Guardian
Since 2010 FairFuelUK has saved drivers over £110bn in planned tax hikes in duty and VAT through constructive and objective campaigning.
Had FairFuelUK not campaigned to scrap the fuel duty escalator, fuel tax today would be 83.33p/lt rather than 57.95p/lt, 43.8% higher.
Today you'd be paying £1.70 per litre.