As we approach the first Budget from an unfettered Conservative Government, will Rishi Sunak be bullied to add to its 5th largest revenue stream? Rumours abound, that number 11’s £40bn+ cash cow may be engorged with an unanticipated and completely unwarranted 2p fuel duty hike. Boris Johnson’s pre-election promise to the Sun and FairFuelUK, that Fuel Duty will not be raised looks to have been scuppered by the unelected Dominic Cummings. A spectre that unpredictably grows darker each day over Boris’s promising sovereignty. When Quentin Willson and myself interviewed Boris Johnson in 2016 at his Vote Leave HQ, our currentRead Whole Article

March 11th marks the first Budget of this massive majority driven administration. Will Fuel Duty be cut? SAJID Javid back in June 2019 vowed to freeze fuel duty for at least two more years – while launching Britain’s drive to ‘net-zero’ emissions. He said in his push to become Tory leader: “People drive because they don’t have other transport options, and they need to make a living, pick up the kids from school, and bring groceries back from the supermarket. Pre-empting criticism from the Treasury, a campaign source insisted the move wouldn’t ‘cost’ money – as it leaves more inRead Whole Article

FairFuelUK commissioned (with the Road Haulage Association) the Independent Economic Think Tank, CEBR to ascertain what the Fuel Duty Freeze since the beginning of 2011 has done for the economy. Their summary is shown here: 1. Had the freeze not occurred, the fuel duty escalator’s impact on CPI would have reached 6.7%. It is now 1.6%!  2. Had the fuel duty escalator continued as planned from 2011 onwards, fuel duty today would be 83.33p per litre rather than 57.95p per litre, 43.8% higher.  3. The CEBR estimates that this would translate in overall fuel prices being 24.0% higher, circa £1.70 to £1.80 perRead Whole Article

In 2018 and repeated in 2019, the award-winning Public Affairs Campaign Group, FairFuelUK conducted the biggest survey in the recent history of transport. 71,098 responded. And what the drivers said is an aide-mémoire for the Government.  90% regard their vehicle as critical to their daily lives with 67% saying they have categorically no choice but to use it every day. Those on significantly below average incomes, less than £20,000, say they have no choice but to spend up to a quarter of their hard-earned cash on petrol and diesel. The emphasis here is ‘we have no choice!’  The persistent demonisationRead Whole Article