Monday, October 26, 2015
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FairFuelUK Campaigning Message from Quentin Willson

Because of your support we are making a significant difference in Westminster. Almost every day we see evidence that our fight for lower fuel costs hasn’t just significantly helped the UK economy but has become something the Government likes taking lots of credit for. Only last week a Conservative MP told Jon Snow on C4 News that the suspension of Labour’s fuel duty escalators has helped everybody not least those likely to suffer from the contentious cuts in income tax credits. The MP didn’t of course mention that No 10 had to be bullied by FairFuelUK (thanks to your support) to cancel those rises in the first place, but the Conservatives are clearly enjoying being on the moral high ground when it comes to transport costs.

The Bank of England continues to crow about low inflation due to falling fuel spend and economists continually tell us that low fuel prices have increased consumer confidence and economic activity. But we’re not resting on our laurels. We have again commissioned the CEBR to analyse in depth the impact of recent lower pump prices on HM Treasury's tax receipts, consumer spending, inflation, jobs and economic growth. The results will be ready before George Osborne's Autumn Statement on November 25th. We will keep you informed. In the meantime please read our update below and how your continuing support is vital to address those issues 37m drivers contend with everyday.

Please take part in our quick Diesel Survey →

We’re now a major voice in the diesel debate advising caution and writing to the Chancellor asking him to resist any knee-jerk duty or tax rises. Our diesel survey already has 3000 responses in the last 48 hours and will give us an accurate snapshot of public sentiment on diesel and emissions. We know we can’t let the media drive this very important debate and are making sure the discussions are informed, fair and sensible. Please can you spend just a couple of minutes in completing this survey. We need to get your thoughts into the media and at Westminster.

Were you aware of the critical shortage of lorry drivers? →

As you know FairFuelUK is partly funded by the leading UK Haulage Associations, the APN, FTA and RHA who represent the commercial heartbeat of our nation. Lorries quite literally move the UK economy - BUT - due to a significant driver shortage that movement is threatened and may impact on shop supplies, inflation, economic growth and as a consequence all our lives. To emphasise the importance of the road haulage industry, the RHA are staging a national awareness campaign, National Lorry Week, from the 26th-31st October 2015. Please support it by going to the RHA Website. 

At last we have a Pump Pricing Inquiry 

There’s growing anti-car rhetoric out there which needs to be robustly countered by a trustworthy and experienced voice. And that’s us. We’re making history with our All Party Parliamentary Group enquiry into road fuel pricing planned for December (the first truly independent road fuel enquiry ever) and have invited the major players in the fuel supply chain to have their say. We’re anxious that the UK has clear and transparent fuel pricing for consumers and giving the industry an opportunity to explain and clarify the current system will help everybody.

We’re also about to release the findings of our recent FairFuel Motoring Survey - the biggest survey of UK drivers - which will provide hard evidence for our continued lobbying in Westminster. And our lobbying does work. I was talking to an independent petrol retailer the other day who told me that our media activity criticising the Rocket and Feather pricing effect has made a big difference. He admitted that he’s now much more aware that the public doesn’t like the fast price rises at the pumps when oil goes up and the glacial reductions when crude goes down and he’s changed his pricing policy as a result. Surprise, surprise, he’s seeing more customer loyalty and better sales on his forecourt. Our aim is to make the road fuel market in the UK fairer, cheaper, more transparent and better understood by both politicians and the public.

FairFuelUK will continue to make this a reality. Please keep supporting FairFuelUK and get others you know to do the same. The more of us backing sanity at the pumps and supporting the only credible campaigning voice for UK's hard pressed drivers, the likelihood our politicos will act!

Thank you so much for your support, best wishes
Quentin Willson

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[ posted by Steven Hill, 26.10.15 19:19 ]

Isn't it strange the price of Unleaded has dropped by 3p a litre and diesel has stayed the same 3p more than unleaded!!! How long will it be until diesel is 7p more than unleaded again?? So sick and tired of being fleeced by the government and the oil companies!!!!


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