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Post  eddie on Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:07 pm


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Post  eddie on Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:24 pm

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Post  eddie on Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:10 am

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Post  eddie on Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:25 pm

Steve Bell on petrol tanker drivers' strike

Ministers accused of creating crisis as 'store fuel' advice triggers panic buying

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Post  eddie on Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:28 pm

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Government under fire over panic buying of petrol after Francis Maude's jerry can gaffe

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Post  eddie on Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:32 pm

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Woman Badly Burned Trying To Store Petrol

Sky News

The union representing tanker drivers has ruled out Easter strikes - as it emerged that a woman accidentally set fire to herself attempting to store petrol in her home.

The woman, named locally as Diane Hill and thought to be in her 40s, suffered 40% burns after the petrol caught fire in the kitchen of her home in York last night, firefighters said.

She was attempting to decant the fuel from one container to another using a jug.

It comes two days after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude told Sky News that people should avoid petrol shortages by putting extra fuel in a jerry can in the garage .

Sky's North of England correspondent Gerard Tubb, in York, said: "Ms Hill was tipping petrol from a plastic petrol container for which she did not have a spout into the jug because her daughter, in her late teens or early 20s, needed petrol for her car.

"The vapour from the petrol in the open-topped jug was ignited by the gas cooker which was on."

After Ms Hill's daughter raised the alarm, paramedics and firefighters arrived at the house within minutes. Ms Hill was subsequently taken to hospital.

"The question is, why did her daughter need petrol for her car so desperately that she was transferring it in an open jug?" Tubb said.

"York was one of the first places to be affected by panic-buying, with some petrol stations running out late on Tuesday, and some of the big petrol stations had no fuel yesterday."

It is unclear whether Ms Hill's actions were in response to controversial Government advice.

Tubb said: "When the Government advised people that they should store some petrol in a jerry can, there was immediate criticism from fire experts saying it could be very dangerous ."

Ms Hill's injury has prompted firefighters to issue another warning to people about storing petrol in their homes.

Peter Hudson, of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "In domestic situations fuel containers must not be stored in living accommodation such as kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms or under staircases."

He added: "Never bring petrol inside your home. If you do smell petrol fumes in a garage or outbuilding ventilate the area and make sure nobody smokes or turns electrical switches on or off.

"The slightest spark could cause an explosion."

Meanwhile, Unite , which represents around 2,000 fuel tanker drivers, ruled out the threat of strikes over Easter and said it wanted to focus on talks.

It said it retained the right to call industrial action if talks between the union and seven distribution companies at negotiating service Acas break down.

The talks are expected to start next week .

Ministers led by Energy Secretary Ed Davey met the haulage bosses on Friday amid criticism of their handling of the threatened strike.

Mr Davey previously advised drivers who usually only fill their tanks by one-third should consider upping this to two-thirds.

After the meeting in Whitehall, an Energy Department spokesman said: "Discussions focused on contingency planning, covering training more military drivers in the event that a strike is called.

Despite the fact that no strike has been called some petrol stations have been forced to close as motorists rush to fill up their cars.

The Retail Motor Industry Federation - which represents independent petrol stations - said that sales on Thursday nearly doubled when compared to a regular Thursday .

The Petrol Retailers Association said it is waiting for "practical and well-considered" leadership from the Government during the growing fuel crisis.

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Petrol row pressure grows on Maude

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Labour MPs have called for the resignation of Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude

A Government minister who suggested filling up jerry cans with fuel because of a threatened tanker drivers' strike faced growing calls to resign after a woman was severely burned while transferring petrol between canisters in her kitchen.

Diane Hill, 46, from York, is recovering in hospital with 40% burns after vapours ignited as she decanted petrol from one container to another, setting fire to her clothing.

Labour MPs called for the resignation of Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, who has faced a barrage or criticism from fire experts since advising motorists earlier this week to store jerry cans of fuel in their garages.

After Unite, the union representing 2,000 fuel tanker drivers, ruled out the threat of strikes over Easter, the Government changed its advice to drivers. After days of urging motorists to fill up if their tanks dropped below two-thirds full, the Department for Energy and Climate Change said there was no need to queue on petrol forecourts. "There is no urgency to top up your tank, a strike will not happen over Easter," it said.

But with Unite stressing it retained the right to call industrial action if talks, expected to start next week, break down, No 10 stressed the threat was not yet over. "It remains vital we take the necessary steps to keep the country safe in case there is a strike," a spokesman said.

The move followed more panic-buying at garages across the country and the revelation that petrol sales increased by almost 172% on Thursday while sales of diesel were up by almost 77%.

Prime Minister David Cameron said his heart went out to the woman who was burnt, describing it as a "desperate" incident. Speaking at 10 Downing Street shortly after he chaired another meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency contingencies committee, Mr Cameron welcomed Unite's decision and called on the union to engage constructively in talks expected to start next week at conciliation service Acas.

Firefighter Lee Smith confirmed that the container Ms Hill was decanting from was a green jerry can, adding: "It was a normal tea-time activity, cooking a meal, and the person (Ms Hill) was decanting from a petrol container into a glass jug. The vapour from the petrol was then ignited in the kitchen area. This resulted in spillage of the petrol and further flames which engulfed the person."

John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, said Mr Maude should do the "decent thing" and resign. "This is precisely what the fire brigade warned against and the current panic is a direct result of Francis Maude's rash and foolish reaction to negative press on pasties and number 10 dinners. We are now in a position where a woman's life has been placed in danger," he said.

The calls drew an angry response from Conservative Party chairman Baroness Warsi. "I think what's deeply irresponsible and, frankly, sickening, is that the Labour Party want to make political points out of this personal tragedy for this lady," she told BBC Two's Newsnight.
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Post  eddie on Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:12 pm

George Osborne 'shocked' at level of tax avoidance among wealthy

Chancellor says he has found that some of Britain's richest people have regularly paid 'virtually no income tax'

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George Osborne said he had seen tax returns submitted by multimillionaires using aggressive avoidance schemes. Photograph: David Jones/PA

George Osborne has said he was "shocked" to discover that some of the wealthiest people in the country pay "virtually no" income tax.

The chancellor said he had seen "anonymised" tax returns submitted by multimillionaires using aggressive avoidance schemes to dramatically reduce their tax bills.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) found that the income tax rate among some of the highest earners was, on average, only 10%.

Osborne said the HMRC study convinced him of the need to "take action" to ensure high earners pay more income tax.

In last month's budget he limited how much people could offset their tax bills by investing in businesses or donating to charity.

Anyone seeking to claim more than £50,000 of tax relief in any one year will have a cap set at 25% of their income from 2013.

HMRC found hundreds of millions of pounds of income tax is avoided by using legal loopholes.

The main methods included writing off business losses, offsetting the cost of business mortgages, and borrowing on buy-to-let properties.

Others took advantage of tax relief on donations to charity.

"I was shocked to see that some of the very wealthiest people in the country have organised their tax affairs, and to be fair it's within the tax laws, so that they were regularly paying virtually no income tax. And I don't think that's right," Osborne told the Daily Telegraph.

"I'm talking about people right at the top. I'm talking about people with incomes of many millions of pounds a year.

"The general principle is that people should pay income tax and that includes people with the highest incomes."

Charities have warned that limiting tax relief on donations will reduce philanthropic giving.

But Osborne said: "I was very clear in the budget that we are specifically looking at making sure we are still encouraging philanthropy and charitable giving. But that is a specific issue we can deal with."

Osborne has been criticised by Labour for cutting the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p, in a move that will cut the tax bills of people earning more than £150,000 a year.

But he said the 50p rate introduced by the last Labour government was "spin over substance".

"You produce a press release which says Britain has a 50p tax rate while you preside over a tax system where some people are paying zero per cent tax," he said.

"I've come up with a budget that has reduced the 50p rate to 45p, so we don't have the highest income tax rate in the world. But I've also asked people who are currently paying zero to pay income tax."
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Post  eddie on Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:25 pm


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