Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Pensioners Campaign UK has voted overwhelmingly to support the FairFuelUK in supporting the fight for lower petrol and diesel prices. The cost of filling up a car is hitting pensioners harder than many sectors of the population. The majority are on a low and fixed income and cannot take increasing fuel price increases for much longer.

  • Christine Ward, Chairperson said: "Pensioners Campaign UK supports FairFuelUK and in particular, their latest initiative in their campaign to scrap the 3p Fuel Duty rise from the recent Budget planned forAugust ”. We at Pensioners Campaign UK with over 3 million pensioner members have agreed overwhelmingly to support the FairFuelUK campaign. High fuel prices impact greatly on pensioners and their ability to get out of their homes. The cost of food is also affected by high fuel costs; in fact all the things our members buy that have to be moved by road, impacts on pensioners.

  • Quentin Willson, lead spokesman for FairFuelUK said:"The support of the Pensioners Campaign UK shows just important affordable petrol and diesel is to millions of retired people. I’m delighted that they have joined our call to scrap the 3p rise and have fairer transport costs for all’

  • Peter Carroll, Founder of FairFuelUK said: "17 out of 20 pensioners said in our FairFuelUK survey, they wanted a cut in fuel duty with 73% saying that MPs are out of touch with understanding the damaging impact of high fuel prices on pensioners. More than1 in 3 pensioners also said they would not vote for their MP unless they supported the reduction in the cost of fuel by voting to scrap the 3p.”

Summary of FairFuelUK Pensioner's Survey

© FairFuelUK Poll May 2012
Source All Pensioners
Total Response 29,384 10,179
1. Who do you blame for current fuel prices?
Blame Govt 88.69% 84.64%
Blame oil Companies 2.83% 3.17%
Blame Retailers 0.22% 0.25%
Blame Speculators 7.63% 11.14%
2. Have you contacted your MP about the high price of fuel?
Number contacted MP 13,000 4,761
Not satisfied with MP's response 79.01% 75.22%
Satisfied with MP's response 19.96% 23.50%
3. Are MPs in touch with the effects of high fuel prices on your lives?
MPs fully in touch 1.47% 1.61%
MPs out of touch 77.14% 73.00%
MPs have some understanding 18.57% 22.67%
4. Will current Fuel Prices effect your voting intentions?
An MP will get my vote who supports lowering fuel duty 82.07% 79.74%
I would vote for the FFUK Party 87.05% 84.72%
Number of sample who voted for current MP 14,895 4,831
My MP will not get my vote next time 32.02% 38.19%
5. Which tax change is the most important for the growth in the UK economy?
Fuel Duty Cut 85.47% 81.99%
A lower top rate of tax 0.44% 0.27%
Lower VAT 9.70% 11.95%
A raise in the lower tax threshold 4.01% 5.42%

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