Huge fuel differential further evidence of need for transfer of tax powers - Flanagan
Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan who is also vice chair of the
Enterprise, Trade and Investment committee at the Assembly has stated
that there is growing evidence of the need to place a focus on the
transfer of fuel duty to the north or Ireland.
the publishing of a report which indicated that motorists in the north
of Ireland pay £10.60 more per week on fuel than in Britain Mr Flanagan
“This report demonstrates that motorists in the north of
Ireland are in a very different position compared with those in Britain
paying on average over £550 extra a year for fuel.
makes sense for the powers which determine and set the rate of duty on
fuel to be transferred to the local Executive.
“Fuel duty raises
approximately £1billion a year in the North which goes directly to the
British Treasury. Transferring fuel duty powers to the Executive would
bring the ability to vary the levy rather than have it imposed on us
“The benefits through greater economies of scale
for motorists here need to be factored in and through harmonising rates
of fuel duty with the rest of Ireland, consumers could make considerable
savings with policies being set placing the people who live in Ireland
first, not as a cash cow for Westminster."