Andrew Allison, Hull and East Riding spokesman for TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “East Riding residents do not pay their council tax for officers to jet off to conferences, unless the trips are absolutely necessary.
“Officers can easily link-up with colleagues in other organisations using video conferencing facilities.
“This is how many people keep in touch with friends and relatives who live thousands of miles away. They can share best practices via e-mail and by looking at each others’ websites.”
“The Taxpayers alliance wants a formal investigation into how the Labour Mayoral candidate fed earnings through a private company instead of paying income tax.”
Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, told the Telegraph he had written to HMRC’s compliance unit asking for an investigation. “It looks like Mr Livingstone has effectively been getting the taxpayer to subsidise his re-election effort, paying for it out of untaxed income,” he said.
“If that is the case, it is wholly wrong.”
Robert Oxley, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Ministers should bring an end to that aid programme today. Aid should be for the world’s poorest.”
Robert Oxley, campaign manager at the Taxpayer’s Alliance, called on employees at the Municipal Offices to take heed of their responsibilities.
He said: “There’s no excuse for council staff to call the speaking clock, especially in the internet age and with clocks on the wall.
“Calling some premium numbers might be unavoidable because of work but council employees shouldn’t abuse the privilege because someone else is paying.”
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