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Robert Halfon MP welcomes new watchdog saving Harlow drivers hundreds of pounds

News / Wed 17th Jan 2024 at 10:40am

HARLOW’S MP Robert Halfon has welcomed an announcement from the Government launching Pumpwatch, a new regulator that will drive down fuel prices at the pumps, saving Harlow drivers hundreds of pounds. 

Since elected to Parliament in 2010, Mr Halfon has been a vocal campaigner to cut the cost of living and drive down fuel prices for Harlow residents. From slashing tax, like last week’s National Insurance cut, to freezing fuel duty for over a decade, Robert has championed the cost of living in Parliament, lobbying successive Governments to ensure hardworking Harlow people keep more of the money they earn. 

The new Pumpwatch scheme, confirmed by Energy Secretary Claire Couthino yesterday, will monitor the price of petrol and diesel in real time, publishing information within thirty minutes of any change in price. This allows drivers to shop around and find the cheapest fuel in their local area. Robert has raised the need for Pumpwatch to protect Harlow drivers in Parliament – in 2022 he secured cross-party support for the scheme and wrote to the then Transport Secretary about the urgency of creating a fuel prices monitor. 

Real time monitoring is predicted to save drivers up to three pence per litre everytime they fill up. Together with the Government’s five pence per litre cut to fuel duty, which Robert successfully campaigned for in 2022, Harlow drivers will save hundreds of pounds every year. 

Welcoming Pumpwatch, Robert commented, “Since being elected as Harlow’s MP, I have worked tirelessly to cut the cost of living and have been recognised by previous Chancellors for my work to cut the cost of fuel duty to help hardworking Harlow residents. 

“The new Pumpwatch scheme announced by the Government yesterday will ensure that drivers in Harlow and across the country can find real time fuel prices and choose their cheapest local filling station. Driving up competition between suppliers means retailers will pass on savings from the falling price of fuel to consumers straight away, saving drivers every time they fill up at the pump. 

Commenting on the new scheme, Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said, “Our work on competition and transparency is working. Drivers are now paying the lowest average price at the pump for 2 years.

“We are forcing retailers to share live information on their prices within 30 minutes of any change in price, helping drivers to find the best deal at the pump. 

“This will put motorists back in the driving seat and bring much-needed competition back to the forecourts.”

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18 Comments for Robert Halfon MP welcomes new watchdog saving Harlow drivers hundreds of pounds:

voteforme
2024-01-17 10:58:02

Don't you just love it! "Since elected to Parliament in 2010, Mr Halfon has been a vocal campaigner to cut the cost of living and drive down fuel prices for Harlow residents. From slashing tax, like last week’s National Insurance cut, to freezing fuel duty for over a decade, Robert has championed the cost of living in Parliament, lobbying successive Governments to ensure hardworking Harlow people keep more of the money they earn" Given how prices and taxes have risen, any assessment of his performance in the areas referred to would conclude that he has failed abjectly. Robert, why do you persist with this spin, we are not stupid (well, I might be, its the others who are not)

Adam
2024-01-17 10:59:06

Taxes were not slashed last week, it was spin. Now lets look at the price of a fuel - 52% of it is made up of Fuel Duty and VAT which is charged on the overall price so you pay VAT on a Fuel Duty. The issue is government greed, I am fed up of politicians telling us one thing and doing another. Taxes are high, a true conservative MP would be calling this out and demanding taxes be reduced not just by pennies or pounds but but 1000's. Rob is a nice guy but he is in the wrong party.

Luke Burton
2024-01-17 11:30:35

Utter rubbish. Petrol prices are through the roof and the average car insurance premium is now £996. Most people cannot live without at least one car in the household to get into work, do shopping etc. yet these vital and in the case of insurance, legally mandated this are through the roof.

Ian Cooper
2024-01-17 12:05:02

This is excellent news. I think some of these comments are too harsh... Halfon has done an immense amount for drivers over his time in Parliament. This is another step to holding retailers accountable and ensuring that drivers benefit from the savings when wholesale prices fall, rather than retailer profiteering!

Adam
2024-01-17 13:26:00

Ian - the government is the greedy one not the retailers, the government takes more than 50% of the price the retailer gets 8% profit.

Jamie W
2024-01-17 15:00:27

Ian - A Hafon sockpuppet

Darren
2024-01-17 15:15:03

Tax constitutes a very large chunk of the price we pay at the pumps (fuel duty and VAT), yet all the Government do is attack the producers and retailers to reduce the price. They need to get their own house in order before accusing others of inflated prices. Is it any wonder people have no trust in this or any other Government.

Jasper
2024-01-17 15:44:20

If you want cheaper fuel dont trust the government. Just drive towards Epping on the old A11 and there are the 2 cheapest garages around. Robert probably goes there anyway

Mark
2024-01-17 17:12:52

Robert claims to have "worked tirelessly to cut the cost of living", proof we need a different MP, because Mr Halfon has clearly failed miserably.

Adam
2024-01-17 18:08:32

Mark, Labour will be no different they will make life in the UK even worse. The last thing we need is more government or more government help we need a Javier Milei who is going to fire most of the state get rid of taxes and let the free market economy which has led to the largest increases in living quality across history grow. Where as with socialism people end up eating pets.

Peter Henegan
2024-01-17 18:14:23

Adam, how can you seriously think Labour will be worse?

Luke Burton
2024-01-17 18:44:46

Ian - you can't hold retailers accountable as a consumer. Not when many forecourts are owned by the same group. It's a cartel - they only lower prices if others are regardless of whatever this glorified Tableau dashboard tells you..

Adam
2024-01-17 18:47:14

Peter H watch and see it is going to be hilarious

Reg
2024-01-17 23:30:53

Adam, we can eat all the spare Bully XLs

DEK HAN
2024-01-18 04:43:48

Oooohhhhhhh Robert 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂😁😂🤣 it’s the way tell ‘em, we’ve all noticed how your campaign to keep the cost of living down is going 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 got anymore like that as we all need cheering up a bit 🥳🤪😳🥳

Eddie
2024-01-18 23:14:39

Adam . It will not be hilarious, it will be frightening, when the Labour puppet masters (UNIONS) pull all the strings

Goodbye Tories.
2024-01-19 13:09:54

As opposed to pocket lining billionaires and grifting cronies, eh, Eddie? I know who I'd rather have 'pulling the strings' as you put it.

Adam
2024-01-19 20:19:47

Eddie - I am past caring our politicians are all working against us. Goodbye Tories - instead they will be lining the pockets of the unions. Reality is the UK is broke, and corrupted beyond repair the only thing that is going to happen is collapse. Faster if labour get in, but the course is set.

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