Tameside residents back fuel duty cut

March 19, 2012 9:59 AM

In a report last November, we highlighted how we pay £18.1 billion in excessive motoring taxes. In September 2011, tax accounted for 60% of the pump price of petrol in the UK, the highest of any EU country.

Last Saturday we were out campaigning in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, calling on George Osborne to immediately reduce fuel duty by 2.5p per litre and also commit to further reductions. Although those in rural areas are hit the hardest by high fuel prices, those in urban areas like Tameside are still paying more in tax than they should. Residents there are paying over £250 per person, per year in excessive motoring taxes, and unsurprisingly this was a hot topic of discussion.

Excessively high motoring taxes are not only making it harder for people to do basic things like getting to work and going to the supermarket, they also push up prices for all the goods and services we buy. They make it harder for businesses to survive and cost jobs.

The people we spoke to in Tameside all had stories to tell of how hard it is to fill up their cars. Reducing fuel duty is one way the government can help alleviate the burden on hard working families.

In a report last November, we highlighted how we pay £18.1 billion in excessive motoring taxes. In September 2011, tax accounted for 60% of the pump price of petrol in the UK, the highest of any EU country.

Last Saturday we were out campaigning in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, calling on George Osborne to immediately reduce fuel duty by 2.5p per litre and also commit to further reductions. Although those in rural areas are hit the hardest by high fuel prices, those in urban areas like Tameside are still paying more in tax than they should. Residents there are paying over £250 per person, per year in excessive motoring taxes, and unsurprisingly this was a hot topic of discussion.

Excessively high motoring taxes are not only making it harder for people to do basic things like getting to work and going to the supermarket, they also push up prices for all the goods and services we buy. They make it harder for businesses to survive and cost jobs.

The people we spoke to in Tameside all had stories to tell of how hard it is to fill up their cars. Reducing fuel duty is one way the government can help alleviate the burden on hard working families.

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