David Cameron challenged at strike day PMQs about TPA report on taxpayer funding of trade unions

December 01, 2011 10:57 AM

There has already been much publicity in the media for our report last week into Taxpayer funding of trade unions. We found that at least £113 million of taxpayers' money was last year given to trade unions either in direct grants or through taxpayer-subsidised "facility time" - and we believe that it should be stopped.

At yesterday's Prime Minister's Questions - coinciding with the strike by many of the unions which are benefiting from that taxpayer funding - Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson cited our research as he raised the issue with David Cameron.
The Prime Minster agreed in his answer that it was indeed time to review the situation and said that he would end the practice of "full-time trade unionists working in the public sector on trade union business". The exchange is the subject of a report in this morning's Guardian and you can watch if for yourself above.

This is the second week running that TPA research has been discussed at Prime Minister's Questions. Last week our report into excessive motoring taxes was raised with David Cameron.

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