FFUK Takes Fuel Fight to Minister

Posted on: Thursday, 1 March 2012 by Mike Webb in categories Westminster, FairFuel UK, Road

On Tuesday afternoon, FTA and our partners in the Fair Fuel UK campaign took the ongoing fight for a fairer deal on fuel prices right to the heart of the Government; in a meeting with Economic Secretary Chloe Smith MP.

The noises coming out of Government ahead of March 21's Budget have been far from encouraging, with an attitude of "we helped you last year, so we don't need to now" running contrary to the evidence seen at the pumps - prices continuing to rise amidst unrest in the Middle East even despite the welcome action taken by the Chancellor in 2011.

In order to buttress FFUK's already robust arguments, the group had commissioned CEBR to investigate the economic impact of a cut in fuel duty. The results were, unsurprisingly, overwhelmingly in favour. A cut in fuel duty of 2.5 pence per litre would save truck operators £300 million a year – a welcome respite from serious commercial pressure – but more than this, it would create 180,000 jobs in the first year in the UK and increase our gross domestic product by 0.3 per cent.

FFUK is continuing hard on the campaign trail - so please join us on 7 March at 1pm in Old Palace Yard, Westminster as we launch National Fair Fuel Day; a mass lobby of Parliament and your chance to put your frustration with fuel prices directly to your MP. For full details please visit www.fairfueluk.com.

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