months of lobbying of MPs from all Parties to scrap the August 3p Fuel Duty
rise (the same one we managed to get deferred from January 2012), George
Osborne announced today that it would be deferred again to January 2013. A great
battle to win, but be assured the long term campaign is not over. We fully recognise
that there is so much more to do to win the fight for stable and considerably
lower pump prices. The war goes on!
we wish to take a moment’s breather and seize this opportunity of thanking
you for your incredible support that definitely has helped us to convince the
Treasury that this was the right thing to do today.
FairFuelUK’s key backers the RHA said "The
duty increase would have added £1,200 a year to the cost of running a truck”.
Such an increase impacts on shop prices and inflation. We are all affected by
fuel duty changes, even on those that don’t drive.
consequence, we’d thought it would be worthy to explain why our team
continues to fight this issue so passionately, by showing a few of the
typical comments received from over 300,000 supporters who motivate us to
- "I heard the news on car radio as I left the hospital.
Boy! Did I smile. Thank you for all the work your team has done. It’s
much appreciated. I’m disabled, 69, on state pension only. BUT! ’We must
clobber the government ref January 2013. A heart-felt thank you. You’re
all stars! Without petitions via Fair Fuel I doubt we’d have won - for
- "We mortgaged our home in 2008 to buy a convenience store.
We employ from our community and we support our community with charity
events etc. This project has cost me a nervous breakdown and my husband
a stroke. We are only in our forties. Through our business, we can see
just how much the fuel costs have affected the public and their
spending. Every ingredient for every consumable for instance has to
travel by road so by the time we buy it in our shops; we are basically
just paying tax. Our business is currently unprofitable. If this continues,
we could lose the staff, the business and our home. We then become
- "I’ll keep it simple. It depresses me (in a real medical
sense that is). I have found myself having to turn down work because I
couldn’t afford fuel up front. Most of my business costs are fuel. I
spend on materials of course, and occasional tools, but with tools it a
make do or mend situation at the moment. Fuels the killer, I’d be better
off on income support!!!”
- "I am disabled who is in pain constantly. I cannot even
get to the corner shop 100yards away without my car. I can only afford
to eat once a day and if I run out of fuel then I have to wait till I
get paid again before I can get more shopping. I can only afford to
visit my family once every 2 - 3 months. I get DLA but can’t risk
getting a car on DLA as I was left with no car for 3 months last time I
had to renew my claim. Every time fuel goes up the less I have to spend
on anything else. In august I may as well be in prison as I won’t be
able to use my car.”
- "Well done, its seems we do make a
comment is a case in point, you most certainly do make a difference. MPs did
help in Parliament to make today happen. They helped because of the pressure
on them from you and other FairFuelUK supporters. However, in order to
maintain the campaign’s momentum over the next 12 months, it is now vital we
increase the number of supporters from 300,000 to approaching 1 million. This
really is important to achieve.
how you can help the FairFuelUK Campaign go forward in two ways...
- Please sign up at least 1 supporter to the campaign by
recruiting a friend, colleague or family member at http://www.fairfueluk.com
- FairFuelUK operates on a relative shoestring budget and
so relies in part on supporter contributions and the sale of stickers
and merchandise. Please help with the funding of the campaign by
purchasing a window sticker, a t-shirt, a mug or you can simply give a
small contribution at http://www.fairfueluk.com/campaign_support.html
It's been an incredible day and your support was more
than vital in getting the result.
Thank you again and very kind regards, keep in touch...