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Thursday 23 February 2012

This Is Money: MPs agree 5.2% increase in benefits to protect claimants against ‘cost of living increases’ as millions prepare for another round of wage freezes

“Last night, Emma Boon of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: ‘Some taxpayers might find it unfair that whilst they struggle to make their money go further or accept a pay freeze those  on benefits are getting an increase.

‘What’s really needed is a simpler, fairer benefits system so that the very poorest in society, pensioners and those with disabilities get the support they need, but cheats and the workshy can’t exploit the system.”

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Birmingham Post: Birmingham City Council first UK authority to take equity stake in private company

“The move has been welcomed by business leaders as a means of stimulating desperately-needed investment into Midland SMEs but the Taxpayers’ Alliance has argued it is not for councils to decide where such funding goes.”

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Evening Gazette: Opposition mounted to Redcar and Cleveland council tax increase

“The Taxpayers’ Alliance and the Liberal Democrats will be collecting signatures on a petition calling for a council tax freeze at 1pm near the town clock in Redcar high street on Saturday.

“Andrew Allison, at the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “The Government’s offer of a grant – equivalent to a 2.5% rise – is there to offer the council a cushion whilst it finds further efficiency savings. The majority of councils are either freezing or lowering bills.”

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The Citizen: Police spend £880,000 on translators in five years

Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Reducing the cost of interpreters is a practical way for courts and police forces to make savings.

“There will always be a limited need for translation services when foreign nationals use the justice system but the taxpayer has a right to expect someone living in Britain to learn to speak English.”

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BBC WM: Emma Boon took part in a debate about benefits and how they should be assessed

BBC Radio Solent: Robert Oxley discussed the councils plans to stream their meetings online

Express: A £2Bn loss, yet the state-owned RBS is paying £800M bonuses

Last night, John O’Connell, research director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers are still far away from getting their money back from the bail-out, so they’ll wonder whether the value they have got as majority shareholders of RBS justifies this massive bonus pot.

“It’s crucial that the state-owned banks are returned to private hands as soon as is practically possible to remove the burden of propping up the bank from taxpayers.”

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Herts and Essex Observer: Council tax frozen by Herts and Essex authorities

But while the council is celebrating its budgetary hat-trick, independent watchdog the Taxpayers’ Alliance has slammed it over the amount it is spending for its chief executive to take early retirement. When Caroline Tapster steps down from her £251,190-a-year job at the end of May, her pension will cost HCC £355,000 in the following five years.

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Express: More overseas handouts! We give £220M to ‘World’s terror capital’

Express: More overseas handouts! We give £220M to ‘World’s terror capital’

Emma Boon of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “It is crucial that taxpayers’ money isn’t lost to corruption in this highly volatile area.”

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