Colofn Journal – Tachwedd 23

Recent media attention has quite rightly focused on the soaring cost of fuel. The campaign by FairFuelUK received significant support on the UK Government’s petition website and led to a debate in the UK Parliament last week.

Plaid Cymru has campaigned on this issue for a number of years, not least in tabling amendments to Labour’s Finance Bills in 2005 and 2008. It is somewhat disappointing that, six years later, we were forced once again, in February this year, to highlight the need for Government intervention to stabilise fuel prices.

Duty on fuel in the UK represents about 65% of the price of fuel at the pump. Petrol duty in the UK is the second highest in the European Union, and the duty on diesel is by far the highest. While most other countries impose different levels of duty on road petrol and diesel, the UK’s rates are exactly the same, which means that the UK’s diesel prices are far higher than those of our European partners.

When Plaid Cymru and our SNP colleagues proposed a Fuel Duty Stabiliser in February this year we received overwhelming support from many diverse organisations, such as the Farmers Union of Wales, NFU Cymru, the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Countryside Association. That diversity reflects our point that ordinary families, businesses and workers across Wales and the UK acutely feel the effects of volatile fuel prices, although rising fuel duty inevitably hits rural communities such as Carmarthenshire hardest.

One day soon the media attention will shift to the Labour party and why its MPs have consistently abstained from voting in favour of my party’s proposals for a Fuel Duty Stabiliser. In the meantime, Plaid Cymru will continue to lead the fight for fair prices and at pump.

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