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Friday 17 February 2012

Oxford Times: £4m forked out in pay-off deals to public workers

Robert Oxley of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Councils and public bodies shouldn’t be forking out taxpayers’ money to try to protect their reputation.”

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Darlington and Stockton Times: Protest against rejected council tax freeze

Richmondshire’s decision attracted an immediate response from the Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group, which is committed to fighting for lower taxation.

Spokesman Andrew Allison said they would be launching a petition calling for the district authority to accept the Government grant and freeze their tax.

The Alliance will be out drumming up support for their petition by Richmond’s Market Cross from 11am on Saturday.

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Wales Online: Collapsed Lynette White corruption probe ran up ‘astounding bill of £9m’

Matthew Sinclair, director of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said taxpayers in South Wales would be “astounded” to learn just how much the collapse of the case has cost.

He said: “When the police are having to find ways of making savings, they literally can’t afford to waste this kind of sum.

“It goes without saying that whoever was responsible for these grave errors must be held to account.”

This is South Wales: £2.6m bill for agency workers

Emma Boon, campaign director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be extremely worried to see so much money spent on agency staff.

“Agency staff come at a higher price than those employed directly and while there will always be the need for some temps, this is a cost that should be reduced where possible.”

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Daily Express: Greedy Euro MPs demand pay rise as the EU falls apart

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “It’s astonishing how Europe’s politicians manage to be so consistently out of touch with the priorities of ordinary taxpayers.

“Brussels is rife with waste and pointless spending, the last thing the European Parliament should do is shamelessly vote itself an even bigger budget. Eurocrats already hoover up far too much cash from British taxpayers. It’s an affront for them to demand more while Britain necessarily cuts its own spending.”

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Daily Express: Now tax dodgers call for pay rise

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “It’s out of touch for Jonathan Baume to demand higher pay for well-paid bureaucrats when everyone else is tightening their belts.’’

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This is Somerset: Police chiefs defend plan to spend £1.2m on new tablet computers

The Taxpayers’ Alliance said there were “serious questions” about whether the spending was justified on kit that might not be used “effectively”.

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Yorkshire Post: Council to introduce new fee for replacing stolen or burned bins

When the first scheme was introduced it was attacked by the opposing Tory group on the council and by the TaxPayers Alliance pressure group.

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Conservative Home: Peterborough Council spending £83,500 a year on UNISON

Conservative-run Peterborough City Council, which proposes a 2.95% increase in the Council Tax, is providing a subsidy of £83,500 to the trade union UNISON. This is even more than the Taxpayers Alliance had earlier estimated.

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Mail Online: Yet ANOTHER quango boss paid £235,000 in ‘tax loophole’ scheme despite crackdown pledge

Emma Boon of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: ‘Taxpayers will be angry to see someone who receives such an enormous pay cheque from a taxpayer-funded body using a mechanism that could afford him significant tax advantages. It’s a ridiculous situation if even some people who are employed by the Government, directly or at arm’s length, aren’t paying the right taxes.’


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