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21st April 2017
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TTA Lobbies Chancellor on Fuel Price Increases
In common with many other associations, The Tile Association has written to The Right Honourable George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, regarding the fuel price increases. It said:
"The Tile Association is the trade association that represents manufacturers, suppliers and contractors in the wall and floor tile industry. The Association has just over 700 members, the vast majority of whom are either micro businesses or SME's whose total turnover represents just under £1billion per annum.
The current rising cost of fuel is having a severe effect on every one of our members whether they are an independent tile fixer fixing tiles in consumers' homes, a high street tile retailer or a UK manufacturer.
Our members are now regularly paying £1.38 for a litre of diesel and £1.36 for a litre of petrol and with planned increases in fuel duties, and the recent increase in VAT, the tile industry is being asked to accept increase in costs, the effect of which could include cutting staff, new product or forward investment.
We support proposals for a *fuel duty stabiliser which the Conservative Party promised when you were in opposition.
At a time when Government is looking to the private sector to help the country out of the current financial crisis to grow their businesses and take on new members of staff, we urge you to ensure that measures are set in place in the March budget to assist the survival of our industry and our members businesses."
*The fuel duty stabiliser is a mechanism to ensure an automatic freeze on fuel duty increases and a reduction in duty to match any increases in VAT revenues from higher pump prices.
The Tile Association represents all aspects of the wall and floor tile industry in the UK, from manufacture to installation. It is dedicated to the advancement of all sectors of the tile industry and delivers real advantages to its members and their customers. It is committed to raising standards of product, installation, sales, training and promotion across the industry.
4th February 2011