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Tuesday 31 January 2012

This is Sussex: Crawley Borough Councillor Jennifer Millar-Smith received £1,100 for attending 1 meeting

Robert Oxley, campaign manager for the TaxPayers’ Alliance, has labelled the payment “over-generous”.

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Mr Oxley said that such payments were over-the-top at a time when councils are making cuts and savings.

He added: “Allowances for chairing committees are meant to cover the extra costs incurred by a councillor taking on additional responsibilities.

“They shouldn’t be treated as an easy way to top up a local politician’s income.

“Councillors should look at cutting poorly administered allowances when there is little justification for their continued payment.”

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This is Derbyshire: £200,000 cost of payouts for Derbyshire pupils hurt at school

The figures have been criticised by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which says that compensation costs paid out of the public purse should be kept low. Robert Oxley, campaign manager, said: “We’ve seen high compensation claims too often.”

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Mail Online: Council criticised for wasting money on trip for housing tenants to see MUPPETS film

The TaxPayers’ Alliance blasted the Muppet idea. Robert Oxley, their campaign manager, said: ‘If councillors are really worried about hard pressed families then they should stop wasting taxpayers’ money on gimmicks like council funded days out.

‘Residents who have issues with council housing should be able to get straighforward advice without the need for free cinema tickets.’

Mail Online: We want more! £500 ‘bribe’ given to Tube workers not to strike during Olympics isn’t enough, says union

Matthew Sinclair, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, added: ‘The Olympics has cost enough without the threat of Tube drivers holding the capital and the Games to ransom.’

The Mirror: Ex-pat pensioners cost NHS £1.6m a day

But the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “That can’t be the whole story and the NHS needs to do more to recover the costs of treatment given to those who don’t live in the UK to help to close this gap.”

Yorkshire Post: Lifetime tax bill for average family raeches £650,000

The average family pays over £650,000 in tax over their lifetime, according to new research from the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

The startling sum, which is based on an average annual household income of £36,372, has been revealed ahead of tomorrow’s tax self-assessment deadline.

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BBC News Online: Row over Lincolnshire pupils’ £22,000-a-year taxi fares

Emma Boon, campaign director of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “This is a huge amount of money to spend transporting just a handful of students.

“Relying long term on taxis to cover a 100-mile-a-day journey doesn’t represent value for taxpayers’ money.

“The distances involved in rural commutes can make things more expensive but the council needs to find ways of bringing these costs down.”

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Daily Express: More RBS bosses in line for million-plus bonuses

Matthew Elliott, of campaign group the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The priority for RBS should be getting money back to taxpayers as soon as possible, not handing out million-pound bonuses.”

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