Fuel duty delay called for by Which?

A driver filling up his car with petrol The rise in fuel duty was initially due to take place in August, but was delayed

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Consumer organisation Which? is calling for a delay to the increase in fuel duty planned for January.

MPs will vote on Monday on the planned 3p a litre increase. Labour has previously said the increase should be postponed until at least April.

Which? said 85% of people it surveyed had expressed concerns about rising fuel prices.

Richard Lloyd, Which?: ''The Chancellor has a real problem... if he carries on to introduce an increase in fuel duty''

Pollsters Populus interviewed 2,100 UK adults on behalf of Which? online between October 26 and 28.

The survey suggested 39% of people would cut back on motoring costs, while one in 10 said they had used savings to cover motoring costs.

Which? also said the figures showed 8.7 million households curbed their spending on essentials last month, while 6.4 million households used savings to cover outgoings.

The organisation's executive director Richard Lloyd said: "Rising fuel prices are the number one consumer worry and people are already telling us they're having to cut back and dip into savings just to get by.

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The government recognises that the rising price of petrol is a significant part of households' day-to-day spending”

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"On the back of inflation-busting energy bill rises and increasing food prices, consumers can little afford another hit on their household budget. We're calling on the government to think again about their plans to increase fuel duty in January.

"The forthcoming Autumn Statement must focus on measures that will help put money back in the pockets of consumers, because the economic recovery is at risk if we don't increase consumer confidence."

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Shadow treasury minister Cathy Jamieson said: "Families, pensioners and businesses are still feeling the squeeze. Labour will vote on Monday for a delay in this fuel duty increase at least until next April."

The duty increase was originally to be introduced last August, but in June Chancellor George Osborne announced that he was postponing it for five months.

At the time Mr Osborne told the Commons the delay was being funded by what he called "larger-than-forecast savings in departmental budgets."

A Treasury spokesman said: "The government recognises that the rising price of petrol is a significant part of households' day-to-day spending.

"Since coming to office the government has listened to the concerns of motorists about high pump prices and acted. Fuel is now 10p a litre lower than under the previous government's plans."


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  • Comment number 541.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 539.

    A car is a luxury not a necessity, double the tax.

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    Comment number 538.



    Politics, economics and international relations along with languages that allow you to more than order a beer on holiday, are all taught from the age of 11 in private schools, if state schools taught these private school; bread and butter subjects, the people of this country would rise up and take power back from the rich, that’s why subjects like these are not taught.

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    Comment number 537.

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

    Education is needed. Wonder why basic financial management and economics isn't on the national curriculum.


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    Comment number 536.

    I suggest that cutting fuel duty would result in a far greater boost to the economy than cutting the top rate of income tax. It's time to increase direct taxation and reduce indirect taxation, this would go a long way to reducing the divisive gap between rich and poor. The policy of increasing indirect taxation has clearly failed as the rich clearly do not require help in increasing their wealth.

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    Comment number 535.

    532 ~ Europe has a credit crunch and nut jobs balancing the books.


    Significant revenue passes to the EC budget from VAT on imports.
    That 7 year EC budget is a crock and they knew it. Diplomats, eh!

    How ya doing, Angela...... we are correct. Time to negotiate.

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    Comment number 534.

    530 Purple

    QE caused devastating problems in Germany in 1923, and no linear taxation scheme can control a speculative market. However, non-linear taxation such as I propose can - the speculator cannot win against a tax that increases on a square law basis. The property barons would howl their disquiet, but pay up they must!

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    Comment number 533.



    Sorry think your missing a zero there, its more like $310.2 billion.

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    Comment number 532.

    China~ exports to the US rose 9.5 percent to $31.2 billion.

    Exports to Europe fell 5.8 percent to $26.4 billion, with more severe declines for some struggling economies. Italy's purchases of Chinese goods plunged 25.7 percent while exports to France were off 9 percent. China's trade surplus with Europe narrowed by 17 percent to $10.8 billion.

    Pass the Andrex.

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    Comment number 531.


    Nothing says ill-educated than a bit of EU bashing sorry, but when you consider the fact that we import around 65% of our food, cooking oils, drink and so on, of which around 70% of that 65% percent of imports so that’s 48% of everything comes in from the EU, and we pay Zero import taxes because were part of the EU then we would be around half a trillion worse of.

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    Comment number 530.

    If knowingly or otherwise, BoE have the amount of QE correct, its net effect will be nada..... zero. QE does not cause inflation, unless you get it wrong.

    If markets turn, then there will be problems so, Germany up the moron economics. Spain is very likely to turn out as Greece in spades and unless there is a way to mop up the housing bubble the € is already history waiting to happen.

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    Comment number 529.

    Have watched the link. And a couple of others within You Tube.

    I urge you all to click and watch - then comment.

    Someone's not telling the truth!

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    Comment number 528.

    Doesn't matter what your political persuasions are, the fundamental problem is the way we view, create, service and worship money. For money read debt. It's all DEBT. See QE, where did the £35bn come from today, by making up £375bn of debt.

    Smoke and mirrors folks.

    If it wasn't so tragic it would be funny.

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    Comment number 527.

    524 mervhob ~ the problem is contractual, the simple basis of all trading...

    Asset inflation is entombed in GDP by the mortgage contract, yet market logic happily deflates its side of the economic equation when the real economy's income hits a wobble.

    The US and Spain are classic examples, US tackled it head on and got lucky
    I do not see that happening in Spain while € remains a basket case.

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    Comment number 526.

    This country is one of the best to live in if you are rich (and it now transpires don't have to pay any tax). For ordinary working people just making ends meet is getting more and more difficult. Adding to their transport costs does not help.

    Motorists are already paying more than their fair share....collect the taxes owing from tax avoidance schemes before increasing fuel duty.

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    Comment number 525.


    Just wait ti you see what the bankers have been getting away with.

    Bob Diamond, Fred the Shred.

    Their overinflated wages for failure cost every man woman and child in the UK. Hence the price of fuel.

    The UK and USA is a debt-based economy


    Fuel prices sorted, house prices sorted, ordinary people sorted. Not what the Experts want you to know.

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    Comment number 524.

    520 Purple
    It was tax avoidance on property in the 19th C by landlords, putting a bill through parliament to remove it, that helped to stoke the fires of our current economic difficulties. Higher property prices push up inflation - higher rents, higher commission on property sales etc. Non-transferable property taxes are very difficult to avoid; many would be forced to sell just to pay the tax!

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    Comment number 523.

    515. purple

    The UK is one of the best countries in the World to live in & to say we as a nation have a problem with tax is true, until you look at the rest of the world wanting to adopt our systems in principal.
    520. purple
    The system hates inflated values which are generally created from external investment from places of unstable economics, perhaps they get what they see & its good for the..

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    Comment number 522.

    Now I see, we need the duty to pay 450,000 for a man who worked for all of 3 months. England is a broken nation needing a radical change of everything


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