Last year the Government spent £718 billion of our money – but far too much of that delivered little or no value for money.

That is why, earlier this year, we launched the War on Waste – a new campaign to expose government waste and make the case for lower spending and lower taxes.

4 outreachAnd in July, the TaxPayers’ Alliance hits the road with its War on Waste Roadshow. Our dedicated staff and volunteers will reach out to the British public and let them know just how much of our money politicians and bureaucrats are wasting.

Taking in every region of England and Wales – including the constituencies of all three main party leaders – we will hit the streets, leafleting and talking to local residents.

We will also be stopping off at places like The Public in West Bromwich, an unwanted art gallery which cost taxpayers £72 million and was closed a mere five years after it opened.

If you would like to get involved when the Roadshow comes to your nearest town or city, we would love to see you!

Or you can make a donation to the War on Waste Roadshow. Your support will help keep our activists and volunteers out on the road fighting for taxpayers!

More information on the tour can be found in our brochure.

Come and join us at one of the following stops (exact times to be confirmed):

War on Waste Roadshow stops
Saturday 5th July
Harlow: 10am to 12noon near 35 Broad Walk, Harlow, CM20 1JE
Ipswich: 3pm to 4.30pm on the Buttermarket, Ipswich, IP1 1DT

Sunday 6th July
Leicester: 10am to 11am at the High Cross on the High Street, Leicester, LE1 4JB
Nottingham: 1pm to 2.30pm on Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2JS

Monday 7th July
York: 10.15am to 12.15pm on St. Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QP
Stockton: 2.15pm to 3.15pm outside Yarm Town Hall, Yarm, TS15 9BH
Newcastle: 4.45pm to 6.15pm near Grey’s Monument and Grey Street, Newcastle NE1

Tuesday 8th July
Carlisle: 9.30am to 10.45am outside the Old Town Hall, Green Market, Carlisle, CA3 8JE
Lancaster: 12.30pm to 2pm on Penny Street, Lancaster, LA1 1XN
Liverpool: 4.30pm to 6.00pm in Williamson Square, Liverpool, L1 1EQ

Wednesday 9th July
Manchester: 9am to 10.45am in Exchange Square, Manchester, M4 3TR
Stoke-on-Trent: 12.30pm to 1.30pm outside the Potteries Shopping Centre on Stafford Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1LW
Birmingham: 4.45pm to 6.15pm outside Birmingham City Council, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

Thursday 10th July
West Bromwich: 9am to 10am outside The Public, New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG
Dudley: 11am to 1pm in the Market Place, Dudley, DY1 1PQ

Friday 11th July
Cardiff: 10am to 11.30am outside the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL
Bristol: 1.30pm to 3.30pm on College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR
Bath: 5pm to 6.30pm outside the Abbey, Bath, BA1 1LT

Saturday 12th July
Southampton: 11am to 1pm in Guildhall Square, Southampton, SO14 7LP
Brighton: 3pm to 5pm near Jubilee Clock Tower, Brighton, BN1 3GJ

Sunday 13th July
Crawley: 11am to 1pm near 50-54 High Street, Crawley, RH10 1BT

If you would like to get involved, you could help by manning a street stall or handing out leaflets. Please contact our Campaign Manager, Jennifer Salisbury-Jones, to let us know you want to be involved – [email protected]

  • Nick Lincoln

    Am I missing something or are you completely NOT visiting the Home Counties (which probably pay more tax than the rest of the counties combined….)?!

    • AnotherOldBoy

      I think you will find that Harlow and Crawley are in the Home Counties.

      • AnotherOldBoy

        And Ipswich.

        • Nick Lincoln

          Didn’t know Suffolk was Home Counties. My mistake. No Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Surrey though?? What is that all about?

          • Doctor Mick

            There are 91 counties in England and Wales which is why the venues are by region not county. Get real pal.

          • Nick Lincoln

            Thanks for replying, pal.

            West Bromwich, Dudley and Birmingham are in different “regions”? Likewise Cardiff, Bristol and Bath?

  • Gold Bug

    Admirable cause but one doomed to failure. Government will always waste money. It exists to benefit the insiders against outsiders and wasteful spending is just as good for that as any other sort of spending. No amount of campaigning will change that. Campaign to end government itself and you’d be on a better course.

    • janet_lee

      popycock, my village community council has just voted a new up to the minute playground for half a dozen children who would benefit more from playing in the vast countryside which surrounds us instead of being mollycoddled on soft surfaces. It is also going ahead with buying planters to make the village look pretty, even though they cannot get villagers to look after the existing neglected ones. The council are happy to waste this money while proposing closing the primary school to save money. They intend to bus the children to other communities on the grounds that there are too few children, even though there is a likelyhood that the child population will increase as it has done regularly in the past which will push up the cost of ferrying the children around and may cancel out any savings in the long term.

      Your comment is not helpful, shifting the blame from the community members who are quite happy to lap up all the money thrown at them regardless of who is paying for it (as long as its not them) will get us nowhere.

      Many of the people in my community are housed here by social landlords, they are trapped because their (excellent) housing is too expensive for them to ever pay the rent on with ordinary jobs if there were any jobs in this rural area for them to do.

      ….. and the reason why nothing changes? Because many of the people here dont have a clue about money matters, it only matters that they get their benefits every week and any politician who says the “right thing” will get their vote, if they can be bothered to vote – the “right thing” is the “them and us” rubbish which makes them feel like victims and justifies (in their minds) taking money without working. Many people I know regularly spout about how people with jobs (in many cases on less than them) should pay more taxes, in fact, why let anyone earn anything or own anything, “just share everything out” – as long as they don’t have to work.

  • Graham

    Seems Devon and Cornwall are included by virtue of Bristol or Bath. Does anybody have any idea how far these two places are from Cornwall, come on guys, surely you can do better than that?

    • Name

      I led a TPA War on Waste action day in Plymouth on Wednesday June 25th. Where were you?
      Tim Newark

  • Colin Everett

    The TPA is glorifying in the myth that councils are wasteful when, under massive budget cuts, they are the beating hearts of communities and provide critical daily services. TPA claims in its piece it has dedicated staff. What value do they add compared to care workers, teachers, frontline housing officers and the legions that are out there every day doing real work for real communities? Undermining public confidence in local government in this way is a counter productive objective which makes you question what the TPA is for!

    • Robert McKensie

      Rubbish, government and councils waste a fortune and it needs to stop, they provide a 3rd rate service and bill with top rate in taxes if our taxes where cut by 50% we would be able to afford to look after ourselves.

  • Bohemianblogger

    You should come to South Shields.