Wednesday, December 5, 2012

FairFuelUK's Reaction to the Autumn Statement


Quentin Willson of FairFuelUK said: "FairFuelUK has worked tirelessly to convince MPs and Ministers that the 3p rise would be enormously damaging to the economic recovery. To their credit the treasury and the Chancellor have engaged constructively and have made the right decision. The cancellation of the 3p rise completely is a welcome surprise, it would have cost 35,000 jobs and hit growth. Fantastic News but the fight for fairer fuel pricing goes on for the sake of hard pressed businesses, the public and to stimulate growth in the economy"






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[ posted by Robb, 05.12.12 14:56 ]

Don't hold your breath!
We still have to get through the March Budget yet!
Turn the country over to reducing the DUTY on fuel.
5p off a litre @ 7 miles a litre, saves over a year = £ 142.85 or more

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[ posted by Simon, 05.12.12 15:43 ]

Whenever I hear spokesmen for fairfuel on the radio they talk of Osbourne "giving us" the 3p thereby encouraging us to think it is his money that is being given to us. This is not the case, we are simply not being robbed of another 3p of our own money. Perhaps you could point this out in future, and also refer to his tax avoidance (and that of all the other rogues) by flipping houses, fiddling expenses etc.

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[ posted by Brian P, 05.12.12 16:14 ]

The scrapping of the 3p fuel duty increase is great news, but has anyone else noticed that the differential between diesel and petrol prices has increased significantly in recent times, in my particular area (Somerset) it's nothing unusual to see diesel at 9 pence per litre more than unleaded. It seems that someone is profiteering here, or are drivers of diesel vehicles now subsidising the small reductions in unleaded? I hope someone can provide a reason for this unfair practice.

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[ posted by Norman Atkinson, 05.12.12 17:27 ]

Well done Quentin & the Fairfueluk team, I signed up & passed the message on to others, I was amazed how many people were unaware that fuel was going to rise in the new year.
My friends who live in Plymouth Mass USA stayed with me last week & could not believe the cost of fuel we pay in England, they pay on average $4 per (gallon) = £2.48p = if my sums are correct £0.80p per Ltr.
I agree that the fight must go on for (Fairer) fuel pricing to help every one in England.

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[ posted by Glenn Leech, 05.12.12 18:06 ]

What a bl**dy joke!, fuel is not going up! this is a new angle of attack on the motorist!, instead of putting fuel down, they say we are not going to put it up, then they expect you to be grateful, we are being ripped off wholesale!!!!

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[ posted by Susanna Tuccillo, 05.12.12 18:40 ]

I have noticed that the price of petrol has fallen by 1p a litre in my area today but not diesel. Can anybody tell me why there is a 7p a litre diference between the 2 fuels?. I drive a diesel vehicle and it dose'nt seem fair that petrol is much cheaper than diesel.

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[ posted by halkynuk, 05.12.12 19:27 ]

Well done FairFuelUK!

IMHO it is beyond all doubt that your continued work & your supporters had an enormous impact on the Chancellor announcement today:-

"The Chancellor, in his mini-budget, revealed that he is scrapping the planned 3p hike in fuel duty set for January and will also postpone April's rise."

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[ posted by Duncan, 06.12.12 08:11 ]

Perhaps some of the more galant independants should follow the example of the garage in the Outer Hebrides who has made a stand against the monopoly of their distributors and the subsequent price raising as a result!
His prices are now lower than our local ones in Oxfordshire!!

Perhaps we are missing an important point in the whole scheme of things??

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[ posted by Andy Bellas, 06.12.12 10:13 ]

A big thankyou to Quentin and the Fair Fuel team, for their persistance and drive to keep the debate moving forward. The time has come for government of whatever colour to start looking at not using this essential comodity as a 'given right' revenue producer.
Hard pressed businesses like my own Tree Surgery business presently have very few alternatives to fossil fuel use. Quite simply the technology is not there yet, explaining to customers that every job carries 'fuel surcharges' depending on it's requirements invariably gets 'sideways glances' but it is inevitable.
Keep it up FAIR FUEL UK, you have and will continue to have my support into the future, Keep the faith.

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[ posted by Nick, 07.12.12 13:51 ]

This is a great shame. We are living in the final years of The Oil Age and it will soon be over thanks to our squandering of this two hundred million year old resource. We can make all the token gestures to environmentalism we like, but two facts remain:
- Fossil fuel resources are finite
- World consumption increases year on year
It doesn't even take a GCSE to see the mathematical conclusion. Despite the harm to our wallets and the threat to those on limited finances, most vehicles still only carry one person and the driving option is often cheaper to the one of public transport. In addition, people are even too lazy to turn the engine off when temporarily parked - in fact, it seems almost illegal to turn the engine off if you drive a commercial vehicle, or are employed by a public institution!
We live in a market economy where demand is driven by price. Why not control our wastage by simply raising the price? Other benefits will follow - quicker and more efficient journies for example, due to less congestion!

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[ posted by John Aldred, 13.12.12 11:18 ]

I have a letter from John Penrose MP. I do not think that those in power see things the same as the common people.

Some extracts from his letter: (edited)

...cutting VAT or duty on fuel would require either borrowing (with the possibility of ending up like Greece) or public service cuts. This would hammer consumer demand and hinder UK recovery far more than high fuel prices would.

He then says that everyone ewants tax/duty cuts - airlines, bookmakers, hoteliers - good arguments for all, but they do not explain how UK will deal with the Greek dilemma.

If there were easy answers we (he says) would use them. If there are suggestions please send to him (he says) END of quotes

It is a polite response to my query and he is my local MP - I disagree with everything his party is doing but I do not want to be discourteous to him.

ANY SUGGESTIONS as to a polite and meaningful reply I can send to him?

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[ posted by Nick, 13.12.12 12:43 ]

Your MP is right in many respects; we hear all the time how cuts are harming society and yet people still seem to think the government is hoarding unlimited quantities of money.
As you may realise from my previous post, I am actually arguing the opposite case, to prevent the squandering of this finite and indispensible resource, as well as to limit its pollutive effects. The simplest, fairest and most effective way of doing this is to tax it highly at source. If this site argues that high duties are stifling the economy, I wonder whether the following effects have been considered:
- the fact that few commercial drivers even consider fuel usage (whether in navigation, combining or limiting journeys, driving style, or simply turning off the engine when parked).
- the wastage of both fuel and business time due to congestion.
- the fact that most cars can easily carry 5 people, but generally only transport 1.

Only when I see a change in the public attitude to vehicle usage will I start to believe that the price might be getting a little high.

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[ posted by Dave Bishop, 18.12.12 11:01 ]

Many thanks for all your efforts and a Merry Christmas to all.

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[ posted by adam, 18.12.12 18:05 ]

so much acheived in a short time. well done. How can we start a campaign to highlight the misuse of our roadfund tax - it certainly isnt going on road upkeep and then due ti potholes etc we fail MOT tests. Do the government want drivers off the road altogether. high tax, high fuel and high Mot costs. Each affects the other in some way. Vicious circle.

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