The Government must act over the crippling cost of fuel duty

November 13, 2012 4:22 PM

Motorists everywhere will be disappointed that MPs voted down yesterday’s attempt to reverse the Government’s proposed fuel duty rise. The proposed 3p increase is totally unacceptable when car owners are already paying 15 pence a litre more for petrol than they were in 2010 and 5 pence a litre more since this summer. UK consumers face the highest fuel taxes in the European Union, with 60% of what they pay at the pump going to the taxman.

However, there are signs that the Government may finally be listening to public outrage over fuel duty. Robert Halfon MP, who has campaigned tirelessly on behalf of motorists, claimed his lack of support for Labour’s motion was due to the Government being in ‘listening mode.’  Speaking to the Financial Times , Mr Halfon said that there was every sign that the Government is prepared to listen to the widespread fury about the proposed rise. We can only hope that Mr Halfon’s faith is well placed and the Government does indeed back down on this unacceptable tax hike.

Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid, has hinted that the Government is reconsidering its position. He told The Guardian that ‘the Government is doing all it can to help hard-working families with the cost of living and putting money back into their pockets. Action on fuel duty is part of this.’

While the TaxPayers’ Alliance of course welcomes the Economic Secretary‘s language, he has not gone far enough. Mr Javid claims that the Government is ‘determined’ to help struggling families to makes ends meet, but families are already struggling with prices at the petrol pumps even before the planned tax raid is implemented. The best thing ministers could do to help struggling families would be to promise not to make a bad situation worse and not just postpone the rise but cancel it for good.

To join in the campaign to freeze fuel duty, visit www.freezefueltax.comMotorists everywhere will be disappointed that MPs voted down yesterday’s attempt to reverse the Government’s proposed fuel duty rise. The proposed 3p increase is totally unacceptable when car owners are already paying 15 pence a litre more for petrol than they were in 2010 and 5 pence a litre more since this summer. UK consumers face the highest fuel taxes in the European Union, with 60% of what they pay at the pump going to the taxman.

However, there are signs that the Government may finally be listening to public outrage over fuel duty. Robert Halfon MP, who has campaigned tirelessly on behalf of motorists, claimed his lack of support for Labour’s motion was due to the Government being in ‘listening mode.’  Speaking to the Financial Times , Mr Halfon said that there was every sign that the Government is prepared to listen to the widespread fury about the proposed rise. We can only hope that Mr Halfon’s faith is well placed and the Government does indeed back down on this unacceptable tax hike.

Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid, has hinted that the Government is reconsidering its position. He told The Guardian that ‘the Government is doing all it can to help hard-working families with the cost of living and putting money back into their pockets. Action on fuel duty is part of this.’

While the TaxPayers’ Alliance of course welcomes the Economic Secretary‘s language, he has not gone far enough. Mr Javid claims that the Government is ‘determined’ to help struggling families to makes ends meet, but families are already struggling with prices at the petrol pumps even before the planned tax raid is implemented. The best thing ministers could do to help struggling families would be to promise not to make a bad situation worse and not just postpone the rise but cancel it for good.

To join in the campaign to freeze fuel duty, visit www.freezefueltax.com

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