War on Waste


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

We've continually fought against wasteful local council spending and will continue to do so. Spearheaded by our findings from the 'Bumper Book of Government Waste', 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.

And in July, the TaxPayers’ Alliance hit the road with its War on Waste Roadshow. Taking in every region of England and Wales – including the constituencies of all three main party leaders – we were leafleting and talking to local residents about exactly how much of their tax money goes into funding empty properties and award ceremonies.

We drew attention to prominent examples of waste such as 'The Public' in West Bromwich; an unwanted art gallery which cost taxpayers £72 million and was closed a mere five years after it opened.

Even though the tour is over we're not done!

We're still continuing to host action days and raise awareness through the efforts of our local grassroots teams. So far we've been achieving more and more victories on behalf of the taxpayer. You can read more about our efforts below or use events page to see how active we've been in your local area. If you want to organise an action day in your local area contact us.

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Southwark Council have spent £15,400 on a new logo which is almost indistinguishable from the old one. Despite complaining about funding cuts, the Labour-led council found £6,819 for designing the new logo and a further £8,581 to spend on implementation. Justifying the project, the ‘Branding Refresh’ report claims the logo has been "redrawn" to "improve its quality, reduce the size of the ‘S’ and make it more legible" as well as removing a full stop. It takes a keen eye to spot these changes on the new design (click here to have a go).
The aid budget is enormous and it is vitally important that it is spent wisely
High Speed 2 is part of the Government’s effort to increase rail capacity between the North and South of England and to deliver greater economic growth in the North of England. Phase one, from London to the West Midlands, is expected to begin construction in 2017 (presuming Royal Assent is received in December 2016) and open in 2026 with further extensions to Crewe expected to open in 2027 and Manchester and Leeds connections in 2033.
It is essential that the MoD learns the lessons of past failures in defence procurement
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will replace the departments of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The new office will be led by former communities and local government secretary Greg Clark.
Single Source Regulations Office recommendations a step in the right direction to reforming single source contracts helping the taxpayer save significantly.
Instead of falling for the sunk costs fallacy, we should look to scrap this failing project
Our research on quangos and particularly who sits on their boards raised some eyebrows. The sheer number of missed meetings is certainly a significant problem for one simple reason – these board members are paid by the UK taxpayers, and the least that can be expected from them in return is to turn up and do the job. If someone misses the majority of their meetings questions should be asked about their commitment to the job. Especially while there may be other qualified individuals who could sit on the board, and hence such cases of absenteeism represent a significant loss on behalf of taxpayers.
With the Government supposedly committed to reducing the cost of politics, it cannot be right that money is dished out to peers who are seemingly playing no role in scrutinising the executive and its legislation. Of course members of the House of Lords need to be remunerated for the important work they do, but it is clear that some are claiming the allowance without doing the job expected of them. If the public are to have confidence that the system is not being abused, peers not willing to pull their weight should be taking up the option of retirement which is now open to them.
Individuals and organisations are still exploiting the weaknesses of the system