Average fill-up passes £100

ended 09. June 2022

The cost of filling an average family car with petrol has hit £100 for the first time as fuel prices keep rising. If your business or charity is being adversely affected by prices at the pumps (directly or indirectly), please tell us about it and we'll share with all relevant media. Also, any thoughts on whether the Government should step in are welcome.

6 responses from the Newspage community

With the cost of living soaring, inflation biting, and wages stagnant, we are seeing what over a decade of Tory rule and the inability to plan and develop self-sufficient food, fuel and energy supplies looks like. We are now at the mercy of global forces, and politicians will cry they can't do anything to change that. They are right. They can't. But they could have done. We had gas storage which the Tories closed in 2017; we haven't invested as much as we could and should in wind and solar energy generation. We haven't used the electric car revolution or looked to develop more cycling infrastructure and public transport. The UK hasn't had a well-thought-out strategic plan or vision since 2010. the only thing we get is empty promises and confused ideas. How much more can the great British public take? Can they stop making policy on the hoof? We all know they've been too hoofy recently. If there could be some sitting down involved would be a good start.
" The ever increasing fuel prices is of great concern for my business. I have part time staff that travel a good distance to get to our workshop. They are really concerned at the sky rocketing pump prices and the cost of the daily commute. One of my staff members also has a part time job at the weekend that requires her to travel across the UK. She told me this week she sadly cannot afford the fuel to get to her secondary job this weekend. The Government need to act now and get their heads out the clouds. As ever I suspect they think that the employer can just wave a magic wand and increase wages to help staff member get to work. Well the news from the SME business owners Boris is that we are currently stretched to limit trying to deal with the massive economic apocalypse we find ourselves in! "
The business mileage allowance rate for the 2022/2023 tax year remains at the 45p for the first 10,000 miles. Reducing to 25p for each business mile after the threshold of 10,000 miles. Any miles after this is seen as a benefit, therefore taxable, how are businesses, in particular smaller businesses expected to continue claiming such a low rate when the reality of the cost is double? The Government need to address this immediately.
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There is no longer any option for going to craft markets and similar events, since the cost of getting there, parking, and getting home again is just extraordinary. This means that everything I do will necessarily be online, where I get lost in the noise and hidden from view by the likes of Amazon and so on, who can push their products in front of eyeballs with little effort. It's only the likes of NotOnAmazon or Silk Purse Guild that keeps me going. The cost of fuel as it is right now is obscene. Not only have our fuel companies failed to invest in ways to allow us to use less fossil fuels, they are effectively price gouging in to the bargain. The annual profits have been staggering for these guys, and we are a captive market. Much as I would swap to an electric vehicle in a heartbeat, I simply cannot afford the initial outlay.
I am based in Chesterfield but teach printmaking in Sheffield a couple of times a week. I also regularly travel to galleries, customers and shops in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The cost of fuel is having a negative impact as it's adding a huge amount to my outgoings. The government do not appear to be willing to help. I do not trust them at all.
This isn't a financial issue anymore, we need political intervention otherwise the impact will be colossal. It has such wide-reaching effects - the average consumer will be less likely to make journeys to other small businesses due to the cost, and businesses will see a hike in delivery costs which will get passed on to the consumer. It just creates a vicious cycle which will lead to mass unemployment and widespread poverty. It might not seem much to those in power, but paying an extra £20 a tank, when your weekly shop and heating bill are already skyrocketing, leaves you with nothing left to live on, and it'll just send us head first into a recession.