Friday, June 8, 2012
You can still influence more MPs to scrap the 3p Fuel Duty Rise in August by going to this easy to use "email my MP" page. Click here

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[ posted by Ray Preston, 09.06.12 15:22 ]

I got a standard boring reply from my Mp's office - Ive reproduced it below

Damian Green MP
HOUSE OF COMMONS
LONDON SW1A 0AA
6th June 2012
Thank you for your e-mail about motoring costs.
I understand the impact high world oil prices, and the high cost of fuel, is having on families across the country at a time when household budgets are being severely stretched.
It is very important to remember that the Government has listened to these genuine concerns and has already taken firm action back to help hard pressed motorists this year. Under the previous Government’s plans, fuel duty was due to rise twice this year. In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor scrapped the second planned increase and delayed the first increase until August.
Despite the huge deficit we inherited and against a tough global economic background, the Government cut fuel duty by 1 pence per litre last year and announced the introduction of a new Fair Fuel Stabiliser that ensures North Sea oil companies contribute more at times of high oil prices.
This amounts to a £4.5 billion support package for motorists from 2011-2013. Thanks to these measures, fuel prices will be 10 pence per litre lower as of April 2012 and, the steps Ministers have taken means families will save £144 on filling up the average sized family car by the end of the year. In addition, the Chancellor increased Vehicle Excise Duty by inflation only in this year’s Budget.
I appreciate these significant reductions has not ended the pressure on families and businesses. The UK is spending over £120 million every day on debt interest payments alone and our priority must be to restore the nation’s finances. Tackling the debts we inherited from Labour will also keep interest rates lower, helping businesses and families with mortgages. Without dealing with this, there can be no sustainable economic growth.
I fully support the measures the Chancellor has already undertaken to help motorists.
Yours.



Well Mr Green - enjoy your office whilst you can, as you have no Idea what its like in the "Real World" despite what you say and you no longer have my support, and I will NOT be voting for you ever, as my original question was "Are you supporting the fair fuel campaign for scrapping the 3p rise in fuel duty"!! The answer was a simple Yes or NO !!

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[ posted by John Vining, 09.06.12 17:20 ]

The reply I had in response to my letter to Sir George came in the form of an email (from his daughter!) with a link to a page on his website the content of which was 80% the same as the above, what a surprise!
Safe seat MP towing the party line, about all he's good for locally is opening Fetes.

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[ posted by Hull Alex, 09.06.12 22:56 ]

Scrap the 3p fuel duty rise & reduce the rate of fuel duty .... paying fuel duty & VAT on our petrol & diesel is nothing more than a ripoff ... also if we do get a fare size reduction prices of shop products will fall & that means people can buy more which will give the government more tax without hurting the people

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[ posted by Martin, 10.06.12 10:57 ]

My MP's reply

Re: Fuel Duty
Thank you for taking the time to write to me in connection with the above.
I do take on board the points your letter raised and I understand the impact high world oil prices, and the high cost of fuel, is having on families and businesses across the country at a time when budgets are being severely stretched.
The Government has been listening to these genuine concerns and has already taken firm action to help hard pressed motorists this year. Under the previous Government’s plans, fuel duty was due to rise twice this year. In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor scrapped the second planned increase and delayed the first increase until August.
Despite the huge deficit we inherited and against a tough global economic background, the Government cut fuel duty by 1 pence per litre last year and announced the introduction of a new Fair Fuel Stabiliser that ensures North Sea oil companies contribute more at times of high oil prices.
This amounts to a £4.5 billion support package for motorists from 2011-2013. Thanks to these measures, fuel prices will be 10 pence per litre lower as of April 2012 and, the steps Ministers have taken means families will save £144 on filling up the average sized family car by the end of the year. In addition, the Chancellor increased Vehicle Excise Duty by inflation only in this year’s Budget.
I appreciate these significant reductions has not ended the pressure on families and businesses. The UK is spending over £120 million every day on debt interest payments alone and our priority must be to restore the nation’s finances. Tackling the debts we inherited from Labour will also keep interest rates lower, helping businesses and families with mortgages. Without dealing with this, there can be no sustainable economic growth.
Lastly, in regards to the amendment that your e-mail mentioned, it is currently too early to know whether the amendment will be selected and/or debated.
I hope this is informative. Please do contact me if you would like to discuss this matter further. Also, please do not hesitate to get in touch if I can be of assistance in any other matter.

Kind regards,
HENRY BELLINGHAM MP

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[ posted by Martin, 10.06.12 11:39 ]

I just thought I would add that it looks like MP's are doing a standard cut and paste word for word job in their replies as you see with my and Ray Preston's reply.

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[ posted by Paul Heatley, 11.06.12 23:32 ]

I tried to lobby my mp ,peter lilley(tory,hichin and harpenden),as part of Fairfuel lobby at parliament recently,waited for 1 hour but was unlucky,then sent him a Fairfuel email,got a very non committal response from his secretary.i have now written him a letter and await his response.

I've also emailed and tweeted Nadine Dorries MP,Stephen McPartland MP and thanked Stewart Hosie MP for tabling the amendment.im also getting people to sign the public petition and have bought two stickers

I'm sick of MP's and government not listening.im a London taxi driver and the exorbitant cost of fuel is crippling us

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[ posted by Andy King, 12.06.12 12:56 ]

The same stock answer from my MP Liam Fox and subsequent emails back and forth (all answered by his secretary)
In part of it, wouldn't it be nice if the working man or woman could claim a to and from work expense on fuel/travel like our MP's can!!!!
The real world is galaxies away from where many MP's sit!


Dear Mr King

Thank you for your email about motoring costs. I do understand the impact high world oil prices, and the high cost of fuel, is having on families across the country at a time when household budgets are being severely stretched.

It is very important to remember that the Government has listened to these genuine concerns and has already taken firm action back to help hard pressed motorists this year. Under the previous Government's plans, fuel duty was due to rise twice this year. In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor scrapped the second planned increase and delayed the first increase until August.

Despite the huge deficit we inherited and against a tough global economic background, the Government cut fuel duty by 1 pence per litre last year and announced the introduction of a new Fair Fuel Stabiliser that ensures North Sea oil companies contribute more at times of high oil prices.

This amounts to a £4.5 billion support package for motorists from 2011-2013.
Thanks to these measures, fuel prices will be 10 pence per litre lower as of April 2012 and, the steps Ministers have taken means families will save £144 on filling up the average sized family car by the end of the year. In addition, the Chancellor increased Vehicle Excise Duty by inflation only in this year's Budget.

I appreciate these significant reductions has not ended the pressure on families and businesses. The UK is spending over £120 million every day on debt interest payments alone and our priority must be to restore the nation's finances or taxes will have to rise by more in the future.
Tackling the debts we inherited from Labour will also keep interest rates lower, helping businesses and families with mortgages. Without dealing with this, there can be no sustainable economic growth.

I am sorry to have to send what I know will be a disappointing reply.

Yours sincerely

LIAM FOX
Parliamentary Office of the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

To: DOUGLAS, Ione
Subject: RE: Please Scrap the 3p Fuel Duty Rise in August

It is all very well to trot out the party line diatribe and blame the other side, but here in the real world, there is genuine suffering and the government, and ministers as a whole have to accept the voters concerns and react upon them.
I wonder how much Dr Fox, or indeed any other minister has to spend on fuel in any given year?
Not much I'll wager, as, like every other expense they incur, it is the voters who invariably pay for it as it is claimed back as a work expense.
Remember this, very few of us in the UK are in that luxurious position whereby any fuel expense, second home mortgage, and the expenses to furnish those places and so on and so on, are funded by our employers!
An MP's salary is nothing to be sniffed at, yet the constant need for many of them to exploit the loopholes and try and claim for things they shouldn't is outrageous, especially when you send out stock answers to your voters on why there are 'tough times for all of us'.
I doubt we'll ever see an MP evicted for falling on hard times and unable to feed his or hers family.
It would do all MP's good to have to survive in the real world for a couple of months on a basic working wage and have to pay every single living expense out of it.
They would all be in for a huge shock.
I suggest that my MP has a rethink about 'party policy' and voices the concerns in parliament of the voters whom he represents first and foremost.

Dear Mr King

Thank you for your email. Everyone, including MPs have to spend money on fuel. All they get is the journey to and from Parliament each week.

I am sorry that you object to what you call a "stock answer". The many emails that were received here were all similar and circulated by the fair fuel campaign. Therefore, they have to have a standardised reply. It is not possible to send anything else.

Yours sincerely

Ione Douglas (Mrs)
Parliamentary Office of the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

To: DOUGLAS, Ione
Subject: RE: Please Scrap the 3p Fuel Duty Rise in August

Those emails may well have been generated by the Fair Fuel Campaign, but they have all been sent to the various MP's by individuals who are all voicing the same concerns about yet another fuel duty increase.
Whether this or any other government has put increases on hold at any given time is irrelevant - this email refers to the proposed increase currently scheduled.
The countless thousands who have taken the time to send those emails should be reason enough for any MP to see that there is a genuine concern amongst the voters and therefore should raise those concerns properly on our behalf.

Dear Mr King

Thank you for your further email to Dr Fox. Please be assured that the contents of which has been noted

Yours sincerely

Ione Douglas (Mrs)
Parliamentary Office of the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

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[ posted by John Buttress, 12.06.12 16:22 ]

Just e-mailed my MP Chris Williamson urging him to support this campaign as his name is not in the list. I will publish his reply here when I receive it.

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