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Fake news from Twyford on fuel tax

Fake news from Twyford on fuel tax

28 JUNE 2018
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“Transport Minister Phil Twyford is either very brave or very stupid in arguing that fuel taxes are easiest on the poor,” says Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke.

“He is doggedly focusing on the dollar impact of the fuel tax, and ignoring the cost as a proportion of total income.”

“It’s no surprise that rich people buy more fuel – they buy more of everything. But people on low incomes spend a far larger proportion of their income on fuel, meaning a tax hike will have a far bigger effect on their real quality of life.”

“It only takes five minutes to graph Twyford’s figures and see the real impact of fuel tax.”



“The verdict is clear: fuel taxes whack the poorest almost four times as hard as they whack the richest.”

“It’s stunning to see such selective ignorance from a centre-left Minister who is meant to understand issues of fairness and equality. Isn’t this stuff Labour Party 101?”

ENDS


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