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Has anyone considered the extra revenue windfall in the form or 17.5% vat the government gets in times of increased fuel spending, they are sure onto a winner with vat on increased oil prices and more demand at the pump!

How do you work that out?

The extra money that people have to spend on fuel would otherwise have been spent on something else.

Something else that almost certainly would have included VAT at 17.5%.

The VAT paid on any extra expenditure on fuel by business is claimed back by them.

So the nett gain for the government is nil.

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How do you work that out?

The extra money that people have to spend on fuel would otherwise have been spent on something else.

Something else that almost certainly would have included VAT at 17.5%.

The VAT paid on any extra expenditure on fuel by business is claimed back by them.

So the nett gain for the government is nil.

And you don't think that anyone is making a little extra profit anywhere? (I know that pump prices range by 7 p in this area)

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And you don't think that anyone is making a little extra profit anywhere? (I know that pump prices range by 7 p in this area)

I'm sure they are...

...but what's that got to do with the government making more from VAT?

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How do you work that out?

The extra money that people have to spend on fuel would otherwise have been spent on something else.

Something else that almost certainly would have included VAT at 17.5%.

The VAT paid on any extra expenditure on fuel by business is claimed back by them.

So the nett gain for the government is nil.

"The extra money that people have to spend on fuel would otherwise have been spent on something else."

How do you know they would have spent it on something else? Might not they simply put the money in a bank? The point is if people stopped buying fuel, HM Government would not get as much money as they would have.

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Local Shell station ran out of all products yesterday, they must of sent their staff home because the garage was closed. Looked a bit eriee TBH.

The Shell Jarrow terminal was picketed by the striking Shell drivers & not one driver from any other company has crossed the picket line. I would say that the terminal supplies over 80% of the fuel for Tyneside (as nearly every other supplier & distributer aswell as Shell collect out of there) so expect some serious shortages in that area soon.

Speaking to the supply manager for one of the refiners he said his drivers were threatened when they tried to cross the picket line at another Shell terminal - he is telling his drivers that if they are not prepared to collect the fuel (cross the picket line) then they will not be paid. We may have some civil disturbances if the strike continues as it will affect other drivers pay.

It has always been known in the industry that shell pay their drivers a lot relative to other companies. To put in perspective the local industry standard is about 20K basic for a tanker driver.

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Surely this is a clear case of terrorism (attempting to scare people into doing what they want), so the government can now lock up all the striking drivers for 42 days while they figure out what they can charge them with?

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