DELIVERED - Fair Fuels for Rural Areas

Motorists in rural communities shouldn’t have to pay more for their fuel. That’s why as chairperson of the APPG for Fair Fuel I am calling for an independent price regulator to ensure that petrol and diesel prices are fair for rural communities. Sign the petition here! Sign the fair fuel petition

After meetings with the Treasury and the Chancellor making the strong case to keep the fuel duty as the same levels, I welcomed the UK Government’s decision to freeze fuel duty for the 9th year in a row. A fantastic result for the area!

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19th April 2019

This week the treasury agreed to meet with me to discuss the disparity of fuel prices across the UK.

 

A senior UK Treasury Minister will meet Angus MP Kirstene Hair to discuss the campaign for an independent fuel price regulator, the Chancellor confirmed today.

Philip Hammond agreed that the Exchequer Secretary Robert Jenrick would meet Ms Hair, vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on fair fuel.

The commitment followed a parliamentary question today from Ms Hair, who said that more needed to be done to address the disparity in fuel prices across the UK.

The Scottish Conservative MP has been a vocal campaigner on behalf of motorists – particularly those in rural areas who often pay more at the pumps than those in urban areas.

Speaking following the exchange in the House of Commons today, Ms Hair said:

“I am pleased that the Chancellor has acknowledged that his team should be prepared to discuss calls to establish an independent fuel price regulator.

“I have been arguing for some time now that it is deeply unfair that drivers pay more for fuel in some parts of the country than others.

“Even within rural constituencies like Angus, there can be a significant disparity between forecourt prices in different towns.

“There is no reason why anyone should be penalised in this way just because of where they live.

“Drivers expect a fair price at the pumps – and they want to see the benefit when the global oil price drops.

“Too often, the big companies do not pass on the benefits of lower costs to motorists.

“I look forward to discussing these issues with the Exchequer Secretary at the earliest opportunity.”

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30th December 2019 - Today I've called for an independent fuel price watchdog to tackle fuel price disparity across the country. 

 

Local MP Kirstene Hair has repeated calls for an independent price watchdog to be set up for petrol and diesel to tackle rip off prices in Angus.

Petrol prices have been up and down in recent months, but remain significantly higher in her constituency compared to Midlothian and Edinburgh.

Motoring experts have also accused petrol wholesalers of being too quick to increase prices when the cost of oil rises, but failing to pass on reductions in oil prices.

Now a petition calling for an independent pricing watchdog for fuel to stop this inconsistency has received 10,000 signatures. The move would bring the industry in line with gas, electricity, water and telecoms who all have pricing bodies.

The petition states “When the oil price decreases, UK drivers are not seeing these reductions passed onto them as quickly as they should be. There seems to be very little consistency, logic or clarity around the way prices are calculated. If gas, electricity, water and telecoms have pricing bodies, why not motorists too? That is why I believe we need to implement an independent price monitoring body for this industry also.”

Scottish Conservative Ms Hair, chairwoman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Fair Fuel said:

“Drivers need to reassurance that they are not paying over the odds for fuel.

“In rural communities where public transport is poor and unreliable, people rely heavily on their vehicles to get from A to B.

“It is essential that they pay a fair price, that is where a price monitoring scheme would support them.”

“The UK Government has supported motorists by freezing fuel duty, but I think more needs to be done.

“I would urge anyone who agrees to sign the official UK Parliament petition. If it reaches 100,000 signatures, then it is likely that a debate will follow and Ministers will realise the strength of feeling about this issue.”

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29th October 2018  - After meetings with the Treasury and the Chancellor making the strong case to keep the fuel duty as the same levels, I welcomed the UK Government’s decision to freeze fuel duty for the 9th year in a row. A fantastic result for the area!

 

4th September 2018  - Recently I wrote to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ask if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the introduction on an independent fuel price monitoring body. You can see the response below and on TheyWorkForYou.com.

 

Kirstene Hair Conservative, Angus

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the introduction on an independent fuel price monitoring body.

Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The Government believes that it is essential that consumers get a fair deal and that a competitive market is the best way to keep prices low.

The Office of Fair Trading last looked at fuel prices in 2013, and I expect its successor, the Competition and Markets Authority, to keep them under review.

The Department continues to monitor fuel prices and publishes weekly reports at www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/oil-and-petroleum-products-weekly-statistics. BEIS analysis is that changes in the price of crude oil are the main driver of changes in the national average retail prices of petrol and diesel and both rises and falls in crude oil price reach the pumps within 7 weeks. The Government does not believe that a monitoring body is necessary.

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29th March 2018  - I am very happy to have been elected to this position which will allow me to fight to ensure motorists in rural areas don’t have to pay over the odds for fuel.

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