TPA April Fools Quiz

Have you been fooled today?

Well maybe it's time you were.

We've put together some of the most daft examples of government waste we've come across in our 11 year history, but can you tell which ones are true and which ones we've included just to fool you?

Fact or April Fools?
£250,000 on a project to clean up seagull poo
Yup, this one slipped out as part of the budget. Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster was able to unveil this new project two weeks ago.
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Fact or April Fools?
£250,000 on a shower that was never used
£160 million of EU money was spent on events and refurbishments including a cool £250,000 on a shower for Sarkozy which he never used.
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Fact or April Fools?
£1 million a year keeping the Millennium Dome open before it was sold
Sadly, the total bill was actually £1 million a month to run this white elephant. As Anthony King and Ivor Crewe will tell you in "The Blunders of Our Governments"
Fact or April Fools?
£1,500 on a photobook featuring a chief executive posing around headquarters
Not dishonest, but downright wasteful. A Suffolk county fat cat was heavily criticised for her largesse with taxpayers' cash. She has now left her post (at a cost of £350,000).
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Fact or April Fools?
£210,000 on giving 18 newts a new home
At over £11,500 per amphibian, this one is true.
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Fact or April Fools?
A £100,000 grant to a dog
£100,000 - For just one dog? Don't be silly. Instead, £350,000 has been spent building a canine health spa.
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Fact or April Fools?
£4,995 on guidance and tips on how to walk
You may need a lie down to recover from the cost of their short walk - this one is true.
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Fact or April Fools?
£95,000 on a skip
Yes, it was an art project (apparently this does count as art) and yes it did cost the taxpayer almost £100,000
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Fact or April Fools?
£8 million on a news monitoring program that never worked
A failed IT project - of course it’s true. The real difficulty was choosing which failed IT project to include.
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Fact or April Fools?
£400,000 a year on renting 12 trees
At £32,500 a year (£400,000 in total) to hang around Westminster and be disliked, these trees do a very similar job to some of our MPs.
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commented 2015-04-02 17:26:10 +0100 · Flag
People who think they can spend our money like this should have never got into politics in the first place.
Lets get some standards, professionalism and common sense back into politics.
commented 2015-04-02 16:59:57 +0100 · Flag
Who on earth authorises such things and thinks it’s ok to do so with taxpayers money. We’ve known for years they don’t live in the real world and things such as these just add fuel to the fire.
commented 2015-04-02 14:55:48 +0100 · Flag
That’s probably the only way they can spend it. I bet none of them would pay their own, private, money for these things.
commented 2015-04-02 14:51:13 +0100 · Flag
I despair that the people who spend this money never think that it’s their money they’re wasting as well as ours.