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Why do some insist on making us suffer?

The price of a barrel of crude oil continues to fall, it is lower now than it has been for a number of years, yet our gas and electricity bills do not seem to have followed the downward pricing trend. The energy suppliers will claim that this is because this winter’s gas was bought at future market rates last spring. Funny how they were so quick to raise the prices even as the market was turning.

They aren’t the only ones to get more than their pound of flesh from us either. Having suffered a second heart attack I cannot be safely allowed to use my car for a few weeks, so yesterday myself and Mrs. Curly had to make two journies into South Shields town centre for predetermined appointments including collecting new spectacles for “Junior”. Two return trips for two adults covering the short distance from Chichester to the Market Place (1/2 a mile) cost us a total of £8.80! Funny how the price of bus tickets rose during the year, but now that the costs of petrol and diesel have fallen dramatically, there are no benefits for the passenger.

And they tell us that they are trying to encourage people not to bring cars into town centres! £8.80 worth of petrol would have driven me about for almost a week!

This morning I walked!

So when are these people going to pass on their cost reductions to their customers?

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Written by curly

December 3, 2008 at 10:10 am

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  1. I know our household spends well over £100 a month on transport to work. Sometimes we wonder if running a car would be cheaper.NB you can get a daily bus ticket for £3 which would save you a bit .

    Kath M

    December 3, 2008 at 5:42 pm

  2. Just found this website while browsing and wanted you to think on this point.

    Buses usually don’t fill up at petrol stations like you or me – the bus companys negotiate a rate for a huge volume of fuel that lasts the year so they have an extra huge cheek raising their prices in light of public fuel prices since there private rates are far less likely to the amount of fluctuation we face.

    Dave C

    December 4, 2008 at 9:07 am

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