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Remove 5% fuel duty for OAPs

Submitted on Thursday 4th August 2011

Published on Wednesday 17th August 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Thursday 17th November 2011

Signatures: 6

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Remove 5% fuel duty for OAPs

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BoilerJuice.com are encouraging the Government to drop the fuel duty on home heating oil for the elderly and disabled or continue to put our most vulnerable people at risk.

We are calling for action to help oil users keep warm in the face of rising oil costs.

Fuel duty currently stands at five per cent, which, at current oil prices, adds around £30 to the bill every time a pensioner fills up a 1000 litre oil tank.

The five per cent tax paid by OAPs and disabled people on their home heating oil represents a tiny income for the Government. However, to someone struggling to pay their bills on a fixed income, it equates to heating their home for an extra couple of weeks, or having the cash to turn the heating up a degree or two. In periods of cold weather, this could make a major difference to the number of cold-related deaths.

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