Despite welcome cut to EU Budget, British taxpayers still lose out
Feb 2013 08

Reacting to the announcement of a cut in the European Union Budget, Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), said:

“It is completely unacceptable that while hard pressed families struggle to make ends meet, Britain’s contributions to a dysfunctional EU will increase.

“David Cameron has done well to help secure the first ever cut in the EU Budget, but with a reduced rebate, the final deal is anything but good for British taxpayers.

“Any moves by the President of the European Parliament to reject this modest budget cut via secret ballot would be a disgrace and would expose yet again a huge democratic deficit in Brussels.”

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  • jimpatch

    As usual, Cameron has abjectly surrendered, and passed it off as some type of victory. When he has abolished what remains of the Royal Navy, he can also surrender to Christine Kirchner and let Argentina have the Falklands. At least that will make him popular with the Lib Dem rabble and the other Guardian readers who really run this country from their enclave in Islington.

  • Scooter

    Many EU members will agree to anything to keep the UK in EU.
    With ever increasing numbers of EU immigrants with their families arriving in UK which to the ease they get housing, benefits, healthcare, education etc. makes the UK a very useful EU member – the last thing they need is for the UK to leave the EU

    • blarg1987

      @Scooter – A person from the EU can not come here and day 1 and claim housing benefits etc as some in the emdia make out, on average members from recent succesion states i.e. poland etc make up less then 5% of the cost of the uk’s benefits system.

      This figures need to be more widely published.

      The concern I have is that many organisations that want us out of the EU want to get ride of the working time directive, reduced employees rights and aboloish the minimum wage. Now considering the EU setsthese as minimum guidlines so employers can pay more, give better holidays etc, why would someone want them removed if they want to make those conditions worse?

      • Scooter

        I did not say that they are entitled from day one and personally I like the Poles I have met who are generally hard working, nice people. Do not assume that I am some sort of xenophobic and I appreciate that many immigrants do jobs that the “indigenous” population are unwilling to do.
        According to todays Telegraph 370000 immigrants are claiming the dole, everyone is entitled to free medical care and education regardless of their background and once someone has proved they are entitled to live in the UK and that they are ordinarily resident in the UK they are then able to claim benefits

        • blarg1987

          I never said or implied you were however you implied people come here to get onto the benefits system as you admitted is not factually accurate so why say it?

          Now how many people are on the dole in total, how many are european (break it down by nationality) and how does it compare to other EU countires? If as a percentage it is higher then yes it is right we need reform, and we should look at how other countries manage to lower it by importing those policies.

          I think part of the problem is how we interprite the EU legislation and a simple fox is to copy other countires, if we get challanged we simply say we are following their lead and look forward to seeeing their prosecutions first which would bee difficult as we would only be following policy of the majority of EU nations.