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Treasury promises to debate with FairFuelUK on fuel duty cut

  • 29 March 2013
  • By Laura Hailstone

FairFuelUK (FFUK) founder Peter Carroll has welcomed the Treasury’s pledge to engage in dialogue to discuss the heart of FFUK’s campaign, which shows that cutting fuel duty would boost the economy.

In an exclusive interview with CM last week, chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander (pictured with FFUK national spokesman Quentin Willson) revealed that there were some assumptions in the National Institute of Economic Social Research report, commissioned by FFUK, that the Treasury “considers to be pretty questionable”, but said he wants to have further discussions to “understand the truth of it” .

“The FFUK campaign has been one of the most consistently effective campaigns I’ve dealt with,” said Alexander.

“There is some important evidence in that report, but if we’re going to get to the bottom of this, we need to make sure it’s done based on the best analysis we can do. That’s why I’ve opened the door of the Treasury to the FFUK campaign for further debate,” Alexander told CM.

Carroll said that while every postponement or cancellation of fuel duty is a “victory in its own right” , an equally important victory is “the fact that we are now having dialogue with the highest levels of government on our central argument – that a cut in fuel duty can be a boost for UK growth, which is largely self-financing” .

“I take great heart that the minister has confirmed that he’s opened the door of the Treasury
to FFUK to have this discussion and debate. We will emphatically take up this invitation,” said Carroll.


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