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Friday 23 March 2012

The Mail On Sunday: The arts festival tied into the Olympic Games that’s costing us £5.4m

But they have been condemned by the TaxPayers’ Alliance as a waste of public money. Emma Boon said: ‘These pointless fripperies are adding to the total bill for the Olympics at a time when we can least afford it.’

Read the full story here Comment: Osborne’s Big Fat Gypsy Budget

George Osborne is now casting the net wider and wider to tax more of the things we all enjoy with his Big Fat Gypsy Budget.

By Emma Boon

Unlikely as it sounds, the Budget has two things in common with popular television programme My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding: controversy and caravans…

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The Mail On Sunday: Green taxes add 15% to electricity prices: Government finally admits how much more families pay to meet emissions targets

Emma Boon, for the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said last night: ‘Plans for draconian climate regulations and expensive renewable energy subsidies are going to drive gigantic increases in energy bills in the next decade.

‘Politicians have tried to play down the cost of these green policies but independent estimates have made it clear that there is going to be an affordability crisis.

‘The Government needs to reform climate policy to make it more affordable and not ignore the plight of families facing huge pressure on living standards.’

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This is Kent: The good news – council sick days have gone down

Campaign manager Robert Oxley said: “It’s a step in the right direction to reduce the excessive number of sick days at Thanet council, but bosses there should routinely publish the average number of days taken by staff.

“Some time lost to illness is unavoidable but the town hall should aim to reduce the levels to those commonly found in private sector, there’s no reason why there should be any difference between the two.”

Mr Oxley said that genuine sickness needed understanding and employees on long-term sick should be given help to get back to work where possible.

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This is Gloucestershire: Councillor failed to pay tax bill on time for over a year

Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “It is outrageous that councillors who claim taxpayers’ money in allowances are failing to pay their own council tax bills on time.”

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Daily Record: Revealed: Scottish councils splash out £1.3m on bottled water for workers

Emma Boon, of Taxpayer Scotland, said: “Councils can’t afford to pour hundreds of thousands of pounds in taxpayers’ money down the drain on bottled water.

“Many employees use the tap at home so there’s no reason to expect town halls to splash out on the luxury at work.”

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BBC News – UK Politics: Tea and statistics: Digesting Budget 2012

Matthew Sinclair, from the Taxpayers’ Alliance, had said earlier that yes, many of the baby boomers had done rather well, but right now for some, times were tough. Savings were being eroded by inflation, bills were high, and now their tax relief was being cut.

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Mail Online: Another 1.3m workers on ‘modest salaries’ to be dragged into 40 per cent tax band over the next two years

Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘A tax rate that used to be reserved for rich people is now paid by millions of middle-class workers. The rate is 40 per cent, but in reality once you include National Insurance, it is more like 50 per cent. That is an unfair and economically senseless rate.’


Matthew Elliott, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “This is further bad news for people wanting a well-earned drink at the end of the day.”

Read the full story here UK TO STUMP UP ANOTHER Ј1.8BN FOR EU

Robert Oxley, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “It’s scandalous that British taxpayers are being asked to stump up even more cash for the Eurocrats while they waste money like there’s no tomorrow.

“If the Government can’t even accurately work out how much money we hand to the EU, then it can’t be trusted to get a good deal from Britain’s membership.”

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BBC News Channel: Jonathan Isaby expressed concern about minimum alcohol pricing and the cost of fuel duty while reviewing Saturday’s newspapers (Friday night)


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