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More Money Spent On Fuel Than Food!

Do You Spend More Money On Petrol Than Food?

According to new figures out from the AA the average family is spending more money on petrol each week than on food.

The motoring group said prices at the pump hit a new high of 142.48p per litre this week, while diesel remains near its peak of 147.88p per litre.

These new figures mean the cost of filling up a 50-litre family car is around £71.24 at a time when many households are struggling with their budgets.

A family with 2 children spend on average £70.10 per week on their food bill with no alcohol included.

For a family with two cars, it is now £22 more expensive to top up with petrol than it was at the beginning of the year.

Petrol prices have sored since the threat of strike action by tanker drivers began last month in March. Even though the strike never happened drivers queued at the pumps panick buying leaving a shortage and pushing up prices.

Tanker drivers last night failed to reach an agreement with their bosses in their dispute over working conditions, raising fears of another rush for petrol. However, the unions insisted a deal may still be in reach. They also need to give 7 days notice to strike.

The tanker drivers union repre­sen­tative said “it is very clear that, at this point, we are not on strike, we have not announced that we are going on strike."

Despite the lack of a strike and falling oil prices on the financial markets, petrol prices have remained stubbornly high.

Yorkshire and Scotland are the cheapest places for fuel at around 142.2p per litre.

“Lets hope the tanker drivers sort their dispute and the price of fuel comes down” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.


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