In a time of global crisis adding to our cost of living worries, FairFuelUK calls on the Government to CUT FUEL DUTY, implement PumpWatch and prevent panic buying at the forecourts.
Cut Fuel Duty: The rocketing acceleration in the price of oil due in part, but not all down to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, must wake up the Treasury and the whole Conservative Government to stop adding to the monetary pain of the record high filling up prices at the pumps.
Howard Cox, FairFuelUK's founder says: "Every single aspect of our economy is influenced by the price of oil. Despite back below $100 on Feb 25th, Brent Oil had hit highs of $139 per barrel. So, the most important help for voters from the Treasury, is to CUT FUEL DUTY. That is the most sensible fiscal move in the lead up to the Chancellor’s Spring Financial Statement."
"The Treasury knows full well, petrol and especially diesel prices at the pumps, critically affect inflation, logistics, business viability, jobs, and GDP. As a nation that continues to tax drivers at the highest levels anywhere in the world, its time, way past time, the Chancellor returned some of the incredible huge VAT double taxation windfall from the last year’s high pump prices, to drivers in the form of a 5p cut in Fuel Duty."
Even with such a much needed cut in the diesel levy, the UK will still be paying virtually the highest prices at the pumps for an essential fuel that drives the commercial heartbeat of the economy.
Current filling up prices across Europe comparisons per litre are a stark reminder how much UK diesel drivers are ripped off. Source https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/diesel_prices/
Netherlands 7p less
Italy 9p less
France 10p less
Denmark 11p less
Ireland 12p less
Germany 14p less
Luxembourg 28p less
Spain 30p less
"It is morally wrong the Exchequer benefits from a lucky increase in oil prices." Howard Cox
A FairFuelUK new Supporter said: “I need my car for work and for looking after my parents in law. Pump prices are crippling us as my husband is on minimum wage and I’m of pension age. The enforced E10 fuel gives us a lot fewer miles per gallon and is extremely expensive too, for God’s sake give us a break, can’t you see driving is not a luxury it’s a necessity.”
Ensure there is no need for panic buying at the Pumps: The Government must remind the fuel supply chain has a moral and commercial duty to ensure that all forecourts are supplied with petrol and diesel to ensure any panic buying is avoided. This means making sure they keep up with demand and supply bulk fuel at fair and honest prices too.
Implement PumpWatch: "It’s perfect storm for the already fat wallets of hedge fund managers and the faceless fuel supply chain businesses to take advantage of a catastrophic geo-political life threatening event. Oil will continue to rise, unchecked and unnecessarily so. Credible Indications put £1:60 as an immediate hit to the retail price of petrol in coming weeks, and long term, say 2 to 3 months, I see £1:70 to £1:80 as more than likely as the greedy fuel supply businesses continue to go unchecked. Cutting Fuel Duty is vital in helping reduce the cost of living! And implementing PumpWatch is the least Rishi Sunak can do, to make future pump pricing transparent, fair and honest." Howard Cox
The Mail on-line reported: “Even the Shell boss blames hedge funds and speculators for sending gas and oil prices to record highs and adding to volatility that has seen dozens of energy firms collapse. Hedge funds and financial speculators now piling into the European gas market have contributed to high and volatile prices over the past year, according to Shell. The energy giant said the movement of large amounts of money in and out of the market meant prices were less linked to actual supply and demand.” Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10538041/Shell-blames-hedge-funds-speculators-sending-gas-prices-record-highs.html
Use the VAT Bonanza to reduce filling up costs: The government must cut fuel duty now as they are wallowing in a shed load of extra VAT because of the eye-watering cost of filling up. And along with this fiscal sense implement PumpWatch to check the greedy fuel wholesalers from continuing to fleece drivers at every opportunity.
Even allowing for different VAT and duty levels over the years and calculating oil prices in sterling, comparing similar periods when oil was at high levels in dollars, current pump prices are 16 to 18p higher than necessary. An independent pump pricing watchdog (PumpWatch) would check on this blatant and perennial opportunistic profiteering.