Chancellor Told To Halt Petrol Price Hike
George Osborne is facing renewed pressure to abandon a planned increase in fuel duty, amid warnings the rising price of petrol was putting household budgets under more strain.
As MPs prepare to vote on Monday on the planned 3p a litre increase due in January, the consumer organisation Which? said more people than ever before were being forced to cut back on motoring costs.
It said its latest polling found a record 85% of people expressed fears about rising fuel prices - a nine point increase since July.
Those saying they would cut back on motoring costs rose seven points to 39% - another record high - while one in 10 said they had had to dig into their savings to cover their motoring costs.
Overall, one in three people said they were finding it difficult to live on their current income, with 33% also cutting back spending on the essentials last month. Getting on for half - 44% - said they were planning to cut back on food and groceries in the coming months.
Which? said the figures showed 8.7 million households curbed their spending on essentials last month, while 6.4 million households dipped into their savings to cover their outgoings.
Which? 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.
"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."
For Labour, 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."
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."
:: Pollsters Populus interviewed 2,100 UK adults on behalf of Which? online between October 26 and 28.
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Rising food & energy costs by profiteers. Rising taxes & duty by a deaf government. These are the ones that have crippled this household. A lifetimes worth of savings are being eroded and will now not last us through the later years. Something else to worry about
If it's any consolation, Windows, you're not alone !
If the goverment put prices down they would earn more as people would buy more .
There it is again.. "Previous government" take some responsibility for goodness sake
Absolutely Kevin - its a weak and feeble exscuse to blame the other lot. Stop taxing people upto the armpits , legislate against the utility companies ie cap fuel rises - stop wasting tax payers money at home and overseas
To me,it seems simple to fix. Knock 20p of duty off a litre, meaning more people will buy more fuel instead of rationing and we will have more money to spend elsewhere which in turn will boost the economy.
Put the price down and people will buy more which = more tax revenue same goes for anything put tax down more money in your pocket for you to spend it still goes back to the government but in real terms everyone is better off . Its not the right political thing but it's the most economical thing to do
Too sensible, Paul.
Too much of our money goes to few people, our cash is not being re circulated through the rest of the economy because we are being robbed blind by high petrol, diesel, gas, electricity water prices. These are our countries basic needs, nothing happens without all of them being involved in every aspect of our lives, everything we buy has the cost of these things added to the price we pay, and the more that goes on these things directly out of our personal incomes the less we have to spend on the things we would like. Getting screwed on taxes on taxes and even more taxes with a bit of duty added too, great way to spread the "wealth" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We already pay 277% (yes,277%) tax and duty on petrol but apparently thats not enough.
Exactly Phil, even if they were giving petrol away we would still be in the ridiculous situation of having to pay to fill up !
Its easy to collect the tax. Distributors and motorists are easy game.
When Indian aid stops do you think they may knock 5p off a litre? Me neither
What makes them all think they have some kind of legal right to tax fuel, anyway? What is fuel? It is supposed to originate from natural carbon life forms dying into the ground over millions of years? They have a legal right to tax all that, why? Nature made it all.
I appreciate this doesn't apply to everyone but carshare where you can people. Take it in turns to drive to school/work.
It makes a lot if sense Ben, but there's often a downside. Our neighbourhood residents' car park, being quite near to a main road, has been completely taken over by car sharers as they leave their cars for the day. We have to park on the pavement outside our homes so as not to block the narrow road, thereby taking the risk of being booked for obstruction.
There is far too much environmentally friendly tax being screwed out of people who are struggling as it is. Higher Road tax, Higher electricity bills, higher tax on fuel etc all using the excuse of saving the planet by carbon reduction. It is a scam people. Reducing our emisions ain't going to make a blind bit of difference to the grand scheme of things but it is a nice little earner for the chancellor.
Totally agree especially as other countries are not pulling their weights and using energy like it was going out of fashion.
Considering human's emissions account for a tiny % of the earths natural carbon emissions - it is 100% a scam. Considering water vapour, not carbon accounts for 90-95% of greenhouse (warming) gasses - it is 100% a scam. Considering the earth has had warmer periods without the level of CO2 we have today - it is 100% a scam. Considering the earth has had periods where there was 20 times more carbon in the atmosphere as there is today, yet no warm period - it is 100% a scam. The nail in the coffin for man made global warming arguments is the lack of any warming over the last 10 years, which kind of contradicts the doomsday scenarios predicted. And seems like the warming period correlating to the sun's activities - which makes sense. But still just a theory.
Look at the people making money from 'green' trading. How many millions is Al Gore making from his carbon trading company? Whos making money out of the hideous and utterly ineffectual wind farms? All. A. Massive. Con.
Tricky 1 - totally correct. If all the factories, power stations and vehicles in the world were swtiched off, carbon emmissions would reduce by less than 4%. IF it is carbon changing the climate (a BIG IF!) then there is s**-all we can do about it.
Tricky one Superbly and accurately put. Did you notice how when these conmen realised that there had been no warming in 10 years that Global Warming quickly morphed into Climate Change which is easier to point out
Have a word with prescot, he knows how to fleece the government
Too true Peter. Prescott flew all over the world to attend climate change meetings without a thought for carbon emissions because John was having fun
Keep calm and carry on; which is exactly what we will all do.
We are all in it together, everyone is hit by rising fuel duty, but if you have plenty of money you can afford to buy fuel efficient cars thus saving you more money, if you are not so well off you probably have to have an old and not very fuel efficient car thus costing you more to run. Wake up people, tax rises, inflation and austerity only hurt those who cannot afford to be hurt the most. Anyone who complains about having to cut back on holidays or social functions needs to come into the real world of being hungry, cold or wondering when the bailif is going to knock on the door. Capitalism is the control mechanism of the haves over the have nots. Socialism is the pathway to equal opportunity for all.
The last comment you made spoilt it .Socialism is not the pathway,but a destroyer as well.
Scrap it not delay it.
Putting fuel prices up puts cost of everything up - get the money off the foreign companies who are fiddling the system