FairFuelUK respond to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

Howard Cox, Founder of FairFuelUK said:

“It would be churlish for me on behalf of 1.7m supporters not to welcome the continuing freeze in the regressive fuel tax, but I am alarmed that this freeze still may not be prolonged past the 2023 Spring Budget. This Government continues to be fiscally inept and ignores the need to increase all our disposable incomes. That single act would ease the cost-of-living crisis.”

“So why not Cut Fuel Duty? They never give a reason this tax reduction is wrong, they simply dont do it! All independent economists say it would cut inflation, increase wages, deliver business investment, grow GDP and most importantly more growth tax receipts. Why not try it for 12 months and see if it benefits the economy? No answer is the stern reply!”

“The OBR say global influences are the primary cause of our high inflation, our major fiscal enemy repeatedly espoused by Rishi Sunak to be the main priority to act upon, in getting him into No 10. But yet again the 4th Chancellor of 2022 missed an open goal by not cutting Fuel Duty significantly and taking on this dangerous economic adversary head on. The act of reducing the cost of filling up alone, would reduce inflation immediately and put more money into consumer spending.”

“And why does this Government continue to ignore the chronic opportunistic profiteering in the fuel supply chain, by not introducing PumpWatch. Cutting duty and making pump pricing transparent and fair, would make inflation plummet. They are popular vote winning tactics. Yet once in Cabinet, these proven principles are dumped by Ministers in favour of fiscal myopia and baseless green idealism.”

“I am very pleased a VED tax is, at last, to be placed on all Electric Vehicles. That’s fair and recognises that petrol and diesel drivers that use our pothole infested and congested roads, should not be the only cash cows so relied upon for decades to pad out the coffers in the Treasury.”

“I repeat the request to meet with the Chancellor made in Jonathan Gullis’s letter of November 16th to the Chancellor, signed by 20+ Tory MPS including Priti Patel, SIr John Redwood and Sir Graham Brady, to meet with me to discuss the future of road user taxation and PumpWatch.”

Letter to the Chancellor from Tory MPs: https://fairfueluk.com/FairFuelUK-MPs-Letter-to-JHunt.pdf

Media Contact: Howard Cox, Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign and the Secretary to the APPG for Fair Fuel for Motorists and Hauliers –

Contact details : howard@fairfueluk.com Tel: 07515421611

Background: Since 2011 the APPG for Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers has examined major issues that impact on UK drivers. Along with FairFuelUK, it has been a major influencer on keeping Fuel Duty frozen since 2011. As well as fuel taxation, other issues addressed by the APPG that impact on drivers, have included congestion charges, ULEZ/CAZs, parking costs, roads investment, unfair treatment for fossil fuelled vehicle owners, solutions to lower emissions, cleaner fuel incentives,
alternative technology options and transparent pricing at the fuel pumps with a continual call for PumpWatch. With the expected decline in Fuel Duty revenue, the APPG will also formulate a long-term approach to the future of road taxation and a positive transport strategy for all road users. https://fairfueluk.com [2]

Since 2010 FairFuelUK has saved drivers over £160bn in planned tax hikes in duty and VAT through constructive and objective campaigning. Had FairFuelUK not campaigned to scrap the fuel duty escalator, fuel tax today would be 90p/lt rather than 57.95p/lt. Today we would be paying £2.40+ per litre at the pumps had FairFuelUK not fought for the World’s
highest taxed drivers. Because of the Campaign, inflation is down 6.7% and £24bn has been put back into consumer spending each and every year since 2011.

FairFuelUK is a public affairs team with no shareholders to satisfy, just an award-winning campaign representing the real concerns of hard-working motorists, families, small businesses, commercial drivers and hauliers across the UK. Decades of fiscal exploitation by successive Governments with little in return, warrants the need for FairFuelUK.

For 12 years, this award winning campaign is funded by the RHA, and previously by Logistics UK and other respected organisations, 1.7m supporters and 146 MPs . FairFuelUK is fronted by the Campaign’s Founder
Howard Cox. Funding is through support from key founding backers the FTA (Logistics UK), RHA and regular donations from supporters. Previous backers have included the RAC, Association of Pallet Networks, UKLPG and many others.

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