Poll Finds Proposed Rise in Fuel Prices Could Cost Some Britons Their Job

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21st March 2012 16:36 - Utilities

A poll of 16,647 of its members by the AA has found that some Britons will have to change or quit their jobs if Augusts’ planned fuel duty increase occurs, since they will not be able to afford the petrol costs.

The planned rise in fuel prices will push petrol costs up to around 145p a litre, with diesel rising to 150p.

When asked what would be the effect of such prices, 63% of the AA members polled said they would have to cut back on car use, 18% would cut back on grocery shopping and 23% would abandon or delay purchases such as furniture, home improvements or luxury items.

In total, 4% of the respondents said they would change their jobs to reduce mileage fees if the 3.02p duty increase goes ahead, while 3% will have to abandon their job entirely.

The areas of southern and north west England as well as the Midlands have the most concern about the proposed fuel hike, with skilled service and manual workers most at risk as 9% said they fear for their employment if the duty increase is not scrapped.

There has been great debate over the proposed duty increase. Quentin Willson, national spokesman for FairFuelUK, has said that even the modest cut in fuel duty of 2.5p per litre would create 175,000 jobs and boost UK growth.

In contrast, sustainable transport charity Sustrans warns that cutting fuel duty by 2.5p a litre will cost the UK economy £2.75 billion in tax revenue, so the Chancellor should go ahead with the planned 3p per litre rise in fuel duty and use the money to help those who would prefer to use public transport.

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