Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Cambridge City Council should stop being so frivolous with taxpayers’ money. Wasting a grand and a half on Twitter lessons suggests the authority has forgotten who’s actually paying the bills.”
But a spokeswoman for the Tax Payers Alliance disagreed.
She said: “If they suspect something criminal is going on, then the DSA should call the police, not bring in pricey private investigators.
“This is a strange and costly response to the problem and it would save taxpayers’ money if they stopped this altogether.”
Opposing the motion, Matthew Sinclair director of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which wants to see government spending reduced to a minimum, said that television advertising, particularly spots carrying anti-smoking messages, is “wasteful” because it uses a mass-medium to target few people.
Matthew Elliott, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “The current benefits bureaucracy isn’t fit for purpose.”
The TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Lots of families can’t afford new work wear. Help should be offered only to those who really need it.”
Matthew Elliott, its chief executive, said: ‘Taxpayers will be utterly staggered that they are paying for a six-figure biscuit bill racked up by hobnobbing bureaucrats.
‘It’s time the Department of Health’s civil servants quit snacking and saved taxpayers a packet.
‘This is just another example of the poor value Whitehall gets for taxpayers’ money.’
However, Emma Boon of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Too much of the aid we already send is wasted or snatched by corrupt middle-men, never reaching the world’s poor.”
Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “It’s sickening to see overpaid EU flunkies working for a pointless Brussels bureaucracy enjoying frankly excessive amounts of time off. While hard-pressed British taxpayers tighten their own belts they’re paying for European diplomats to spend an unheard of amount of time on holiday.”
Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Unions need to accept reforms to salaries and generous pensions. Private sector staff have seen changes to what they receive since the recession, they shouldn’t subsidise excessive deals for the public sector.”
Emma Boon, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: ‘It is staggering that the gap between public sector employees and their private sector counterparts is the widest in a decade.
‘With such a pressing need to reduce public spending, it is crucial that the payroll bill is reduced.
‘Private sector staff have seen changes to what they receive since the recession. It is unfair to ask them to subsidise excessive deals for the public sector.’
Robert Oxley, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “With so many pressing issues taxpayers will wonder why they are paying for MPs to spend so little time scrutinising the Government.”
“Politicians were lining up to tell us that bailing out the banks would be a good deal for taxpayers but the prospect of this sale show how wrong they were,” Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said.
Emma Boon, campaign director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said, “Mums-to-be already pay for the NHS through their taxes. This is asking them to pay twice. Pregnancy is meant to be a happy time for prospective parents, not a money-making opportunity for a hospital.”
“Robert Oxley of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said that while some MPs would work others would treat the recesses as a holiday.”
Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said serious questions needed to be asked about how former police chiefs had seemingly gone through a revolving door that saw them retire, only then to be paid “exorbitant” fees.
He said: “The employment of highly paid external consultants in any taxpayer-funded body needs close scrutiny in order to ensure taxpayer value for money, and ACPO is no exception. These revelations only go to underline the need for even more transparency when it comes to scrutinising who is spending our hard-earned cash.”
Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Politicians were lining up to tell us that bailing out the banks would be a good deal for taxpayers but the prospect of this sale show how wrong they were.’
“Allegations that “the rich” can buy access to our politicians is massively damaging to our democracy. It is therefore critical that the government takes action after yet another money-driven political scandal this weekend, which resulted in the resignation of Peter Cruddas, co-treasurer of the Conservative party…”
Robert Oxley, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Politicians were lining up to tell us that bailing out the banks would be a good deal but the prospect of this sale show how wrong they were.”
Matthew Elliott, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Taxpayers already pay huge sums for the NHS, they shouldn’t face hidden charges.”
The Taxpayers’ Alliance has called on all councils to keep a watchful eye on what is spent on their figureheads – especially on transport.
Alliance campaign director Emma Boon said: “Some people like having all of the ceremony and feel it’s an important tradition, but others feel it’s outdated and costly.
“There are lots of ways that costs can be reduced if residents want to keep their mayor or chairman.
“Anyone in these roles should be sensitive to the fact that money is tight. Measures like cutting ceremonial cars and chauffeurs are just some of the ways to reduce the cost of the posts to the public purse.”
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