FairFuelUK (FFUK) will today hand a letter into the prime minister at 10 Downing Street calling for a cut in fuel duty in this month’s Budget.
FFUK spokesman Quentin Willson will be joined by MPs from all parties, as well as representatives of the campaign’s backers the RAC, Freight Transport Association, Road Haulage Association, Association of Pallet Networks and latest member UKLPG.
The letter, on behalf of FFUK’s 500,000 supports and the UK’s 32 million road users reads:
Since 2011 the combined efforts of FairFuelUK, Robert Halfon MP and the chancellor have kept fuel duty down and shown a positive reduction in inflation. More importantly, those efforts have helped millions of families and businesses survive the recession and contribute towards the nascent economic recovery. Had fuel duty been left alone diesel would now be near £1.65 a litre and there would be little talk of a brightening economy.
As you’ve said at PMQs, your government is the only one to have reduced fuel duty and your clear awareness of the debilitating effects of rising transport costs in a road economy is to be warmly congratulated. But FairFuelUK and the 100 MPs like Robert who have been such staunch supporters since 2011, believe there’s more to be done.
We are calling on you to support a 3p duty cut that will continue to bolster the economic recovery. And that recovery so far has been bankrolled by consumer spending and not by industry or manufacturing. In this week’s ComRes Poll, amongst 2,032 adults, two thirds (69%) say that they would like to see the Government reduce the level of fuel duty in the next budget by at least 1p. Three in five (59%) would like a reduction of at least 3p, while a third (31%) want a reduction of 10p. We also know 67% of the population use their cars for essential food shopping and 50% use their cars for work.
To give these large numbers of consumers greater disposable spending power by reducing fuel duty seems an obvious fiscal duty and a logical continuation of the good work already done by all of us. I take the liberty of highlighting some of the important headlines to the campaign that you may not be familiar with, which I hope will show why you should support a 3p duty cut in the forthcoming Budget. A tax change we have also proven to the Treasury to be self-financing.
The FairFuelUK Campaign