‘Last ditch’ effort to scrap tax

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Petrol and diesel campaign group FairFuelUK has launched a ‘last ditch’ attempt to pressure the Government to scrap the 16p per gallon increase in petrol and diesel taxes likely to be confirmed in the Budget and to urge the Government to cut fuel duty instead.

All FairFuelUK supporters across the UK are being asked to contact their MP by email to put pressure on the Treasury for a “cut in fuel duty” not a freeze.

Quentin Willson, Spokesman for FairFuelUK said: “It seems likely that the Government will confirm in next weeks Budget plans to add 16p a gallon in extra fuel duty and VAT. With the economy on its knees, with millions of families and businesses at breaking point, with petrol and diesel prices at record levels – this seems economic and social madness.

“It is doubly frustrating that we have commissioned independent research from the highly respected Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) that clearly shows the Government can cut fuel duty and not lose any tax revenue overall.

“Even a modest cut of 2.5p per litre would create 175,000 new jobs in the first year and boost GDP by 0.33%. The taxes from this extra growth compensate for any perceived loss of fuel duty.

“It is very frustrating that so many politicians are talking about every tax – the mansion tax, personal thresholds, VAT, the 50p rate – and so few are talking about the one tax that is right at the top of the agenda for families and businesses.

Local SNP MP Eilidh Whiteford last year took part in a FairFuelUK campaign for fairer fuel prices, pushing a car through Whitehall to Downing Street.

For more information, visit www.fairfueluk.com.