Having seen that an inflation rise in duty according to the CEBR will fleece £5bn from consumer spending in this Parliament, what does the public think about the rumoured hike and its impact on their lives?
Last night all MPs were sent a copy of the largest ever opinion poll on Fuel Duty (carried out Feb 20-22). Over 12,500 of the public across the UK took part in this Pre Budget Survey. In 12 hours 190 MPs have opened the survey results link.
Poll Headline Findings Include:
- 98% said that the freeze in duty and lower pump prices has been a lifesaver, hugely helpful or just helpful.
- 97.2% said it was manifestly wrong to increase fuel duty.
- 81.9% said they have used savings made at the pumps to reduce their financial stress, pay bills and to help make ends meet.
- 98.4% said that it would be wrong to hike duty because of low oil prices.
- 91.7% said that the Chancellor should not use a ‘green’ argument to increase Duty
- 82.2% said that a 3p cut in fuel duty would benefit the economy.
- 85.5 % of respondents to the Poll are convinced the Chancellor is only interested in helping big business, the banks and the “super rich”.
- 76.5%, 74.8% and 73.5% believe that the Chancellor should INCREASE duty on Gambling, Tobacco and Alcopops respectively.
- 82.4%, 82.3% and 76.5% believe that the Chancellor should DECREASE duty on Diesel, Petrol and Heating Oil respectively.
- 71.1% believe that the Government’s transport spending priority should be on repairing roads with only 0.3% in support of HS2.
The Detailed Poll Findings can be downloaded at: www.fairfueluk.com/Pre_Budget_Poll_FairFuelUK_march_2016.pdf
The Latest CEBR Report can be downloaded at:
The questionnaire itself can be seen at: