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    In just 2 weeks fuel duty will rise again, bringing the total tax paid at the pumps to 71 pence in every pound - despite Prime Minister Gordon Brown promising not to raise fuel duty.

    Watch Brown pledge to freeze fuel duty. (1.40m - 2.02m)

    Fuel duty is set to rise by roughly 2 pence per litre on April 1st meaning that 66 pence of the average litre of fuel goes directly to the Treasury.

    Fuel tax goes into a central government tax pot. It's not necessarily allocated back out to motoring, so fuel tax can be spent on anything – the NHS, housing, pensions or even banking bailouts.

    At the height of soaring pump prices Brown made a promise during Prime Minister's Questions on July 16th 2008 not to raise fuel duty for a year.

    He stated: "In recognition of the problem people face with petrol, we are freezing duty on petrol for the full year."

    Brown broke this promise in December 2008 when he added 2 pence per litre to fuel duty to offset the reduction of VAT to 15% - a move which angered UK hauliers who are able to claim fuel VAT back, but not fuel duty.

    He is set to break the promise for a second time on April 1st when fuel duty on unleaded and diesel will rise 1.84 pence per litre. Including the additional 15% VAT on top this will make the rise at the pumps around 2 pence per litre.

    The Treasury have said that the only time further changes to fuel duty can take place are at the next Budget – which has been postponed from March until April 22nd, after the duty rise comes in.

    Do you think the Budget has been postponed to push through a duty rise unchallenged? Do you think it's fair that 71% of the cost of a litre of fuel goes directly to the Treasury? Should Brown be held to account for breaking his promise not to raise fuel duty? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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    Ouch, that reates to about 4 or 5p per litre up here in shetland, when prices just started going down. We have been well over the £1 mark for years now(Was constantly over £1.50 not so long ago, and currently £1.01 per litre unleaded and £1.09 for diesel at the cheapest pumps

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    fuel VAT is still 17.5% or am i wrong as normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yorkshireborn View Post
    fuel VAT is still 17.5% or am i wrong as normal.


    there is an extra tax on the fuel... then after that is the VAT charge im led to believe.

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    I've heard murmurings that MOT's are also about to go up, and some are saying that they are going to hit £100 next year!

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    Yet again this sad pathetic useless Gov't lie and break pledges, in the hope that we (the people) don't remember what they said 10 months ago.

    My sig says it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solorider View Post
    bringing the total tax paid at the pumps to 71 pence in every pound .
    disgusting, with a recession - and the car industry on its knees you would have thought a cut in duty would be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solorider View Post
    Do you think it's fair that 71% of the cost of a litre of fuel goes directly to the Treasury?
    It's not 71% though. It's 71 pence per litre isn't it?

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    It would be interesting to see what our overseas members are paying for fuel.

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    here is something to think about.

    "Many still can't understand why, even with a 30% loss in the value of the pound against the dollar, petrol is 90p a litre with oil at 45 dollars a barrel. In March 2007, the last time UK petrol cost 90p a litre, oil was priced at 68 dollars."

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