Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Government 'blamed for fuel prices'

Nine out of 10 motorists blame the Government for the record high cost of petrol and diesel, a new survey has found.

A poll of more than 26,000 drivers for campaign group FairFuel UK showed 89.3% felt ministers were to blame for soaring prices at the pump. More than three-quarters thought MPs were "out of touch" on the issue of petrol and diesel prices, while 86% said lowering fuel duty was the most important tax issue for the UK economy. FairFuelUK spokesman Quentin Willson said: "Our MPs and senior politicians just don't get fuel duty and the results of this extensive poll show that the public know it.

"Their failure to act and their apathy over what is one of this country's most important social issues tells us how removed they are from real life. Families and businesses can't afford to use the roads yet the majority of our MPs won't stand up for the people."  FairFuelUK organiser Peter Carroll said: "The airwaves have been full of politicians saying that they are 'listening to' and 'engaging with' voters - they need to start by accepting the results of this massive poll starting with the fact that fuel duty is the number one issue."




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[ posted by T Jackson, 08.05.12 16:49 ]

Thing is in my mind 26,000 out of the population we have is seriously low, need more to compaign, do they not realise the more they increase the tax the more the hauliers have to increase cost, after all, everything is transported by the hauliers to everything you purchase in the high streets. Also its not just this government its all the others previously who see the loop hole where they can hike the prices up as and when they feel like it, Stances must be made by the public it has to stop, action plans set up....thank you

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[ posted by Jim King, 08.05.12 17:47 ]

This is the one thing that passes me bye as well T Jackson. We have millions of motorists in the uk, and so few (in percentage terms) are involved. I mean really, its hurting everyone, yet somehow people would rather suffer it than spend 5 mins signing a petition. Could you imagine the smug grin being wiped from there faces, with 25,000,000 people calling for a dramatic reduction in fuel duty.

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[ posted by Linda Weeks, 08.05.12 19:03 ]

Tall oaks from little acorns grow!

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[ posted by Liz Alderson, 08.05.12 19:06 ]

The campaign was only run over a few days on Facebook to my knowledge.

Why not distribute it to a wider audience over a longer period of time?

Surely the FairFuelUK group could expand their campaign. I did re-post the petition but it was really hard to do so - maybe whoever is running their Facebook could make it easier to 'share'.

As you say, 26,000 is a very small number and the fuel taxes affect everybody - not just the price at the pump but the added costs of delivering goods to the shops. It is something that touches every household in the country - unlike reformation of the House of Lords!

This crowd have small brains so they're concentrating on trivia.

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[ posted by admin, 08.05.12 19:59 ]

Hello. We deliberately ran the Survey over a few days. we now have over 30,000 responses, which is brilliant and statistically significantly. One reason why we stop people posting original threads on Facebook is because a few (just 3 or 4) have been abusive towards the campaigners. Liz what do you have in mind to drive up Facebook supporters.

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[ posted by Michael Grove, 09.05.12 11:07 ]

It is a little understood fact that in the lead up to the global financial crisis - that the cost of global energy rose to above 9% of global GDP - the point at which the global economic model became unsustainable and the Chinese started "mothballing" their fleet of export shipping.

Would it not be a good idea for this campaign to focus on - 10% of a family's GDP being spent on energy costs (gas, electricity, petrol/diesel) being the point at which the family economic model also becomes unsustainable and spending on ANYTHING other than the essentials in life - STOPS

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[ posted by Michael Grove, 09.05.12 11:32 ]

It is a little understood fact that in the lead up to the global financial crisis - that the cost of global energy rose to above 9% of global GDP - the point at which the global economic model became unsustainable and the Chinese started "mothballing" their fleet of export shipping.

Would it not be a good idea for this campaign to focus on - 10% of a family's GDP being spent on energy costs (gas, electricity, petrol/diesel) being the point at which the family economic model also becomes unsustainable and spending on ANYTHING other than the essentials in life - STOPS

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[ posted by David Maxwell, 10.05.12 21:03 ]

Why do we blindly pay tax on an existing tax?
Fuel Duty is tax, nothing more, nothing less - then we have to pay another tax VAT.
VAT is payable on the entire sum of the product (petrol/diesel) and the Fuel Duty levied by our employees, the Government.
Were the VAT aspect applied to just the product, pump prices could drop by a further 10p per litre. However we are never told why we are taxed on tax?
Public employee Cameron can either revise the calculation and tax fairly or look for another job as I, as a Conservative voter, will abstain from voting Tory for as long as he is in the Cabinet, let alone being employed as the First Minister.

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[ posted by Jim King, 11.05.12 09:48 ]

In short David its because of the EU VAT Directive. If you google "eu vat directive 2011" you will find a good summary of it in readable (rather than legal) english.

an extract from it is here.

"In respect of the supply of goods and services and the intra-EU acquisition of goods, the taxable amount includes everything which constitutes consideration obtained by the supplier for transactions by the customer. This includes subsidies directly linked to the price of these transactions. The amount also includes taxes, duties, levies and charges (excluding the VAT itself)and incidental expenses charged by the supplier to the customer but excludes certain price reductions, rebates and price discounts and repayments of expenses incurred."

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[ posted by Glenn Phillips, 15.05.12 14:16 ]

I have noticed too that LPG has doubled in price too, is that a product from oil? the motorist is doomed, we pay road tax, for what? the roads around me are so bad, we have no choice but to pay these prices, because we need our vehicles to get to and from work, i wonder if the government know this?

I know most of you would back me on this, why do we give so much to those THAT don't want to work, my idle sister in law has not worked for 18 years, she gets rent reduction, council tax paid, job seekers allowance plus other money, yet she has a car, mobile phone contract, Flat screen TV SKY TV, but i have to work to have the same.

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[ posted by Glenn Phillips, 15.05.12 14:20 ]

I have noticed too that LPG has doubled in price too, is that a product from oil? the motorist is doomed, we pay road tax, for what? the roads around me are so bad, we have no choice but to pay these prices, because we need our vehicles to get to and from work, i wonder if the government know this?

I know most of you would back me on this, why do we give so much to those THAT don't want to work, my idle sister in law has not worked for 18 years, she gets rent reduction, council tax paid, job seekers allowance plus other money, yet she has a car, mobile phone contract, Flat screen TV SKY TV, but i have to work to have the same.

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