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NHS Supercomputer Unfit For Purpose

 The £12-20bn NHS Supercomputer - the National Programme for IT - continues to lurch from crisis to crisis. In June the programme's head, Richard Granger, suddenly resigned. Now users are discovering the software is not fit for purpose, and is significantly inferior to their existing systems. A survey of Foundation... Read more...

Top-end salaries for bottom-end council

 The Bromsgrove Advertiser reported this week that Bromsgrove District Council have agreed in secret to spend £40,000 headhunting a new chief officer. The costly move was branded ‘obscene’ by Council opposition leader Peter McDonald, though the council clearly know this decision is an extravagant one, as is implicit in the... Read more...

Sure Start - A Sure Failure

Sure Start, a government program designed to give “children the best possible start in life", is a textbook case of a bureaucratic pet-project gone wrong.  The scheme bears every hallmark of government failure: it is complex and expensive, has undergone mission creep and ultimately failed in its objectives.    The... Read more...

Campaign News

West Midlands TPA Launch   The West Midlands TaxPayers’ Alliance officially opened for business after a launch event outside the uncompleted 'The Public' art gallery in West Bromwich on Tuesday morning. The day went to plan, with our eye-catching 55ft poster truck stealing the show and providing a great backdrop... Read more...

Ministers told to back off from the Beeb

The appointment of Sir Michael Lyons, author of the expensive and ineffective Lyons report into local government finance, to the Chairmanship of the BBC was seen as just another act of cronyism.    The Daily Mail reports today (not online) that the House of Lords communications committee has criticised ministers’... Read more...

Non-Job of the Week

We have often wondered where all those Environmental Science graduates that new universities are so good at producing find employment on graduation.  The answer, it seems, lies in the Guardian Society supplement, which, every week advertises pages of non-jobs in local councils that all seem to require environmental or earth... Read more...

At the West Midlands TPA Launch...

  Front row: Chris D. Kelly, Blair Gibbs, Tim Aker, Fiona McEvoyBack row: Matthew Elliott, Paul Biggs, TPA supporters, Peter Roberts, Nigel Hastilow, Cllr Ray Nock, Cllr Bill Archer   Read more...

The Folly of "Food Miles"

When terms like “fair trade” and “sustainability” so plague policy discussions over the environment and development, it really is quite an achievement to reach the status of most vacuous phrase. However, “food miles” really is so useless, so meaningless, so damaging a concept that, despite the fierce competition, it truly... Read more...

NHS Pay- A Triumph Of Simple Shopping

The magic beans were even more useless than we imagined Our very first blog about the Simple Shopper was on the new GPs contract (see here). We asked how the Department of Health could possibly have given away such a heavy milking cash cow in exchange for a few magic... Read more...

Support our petition against THE PUBLIC arts centre

 The West Midlands TaxPayers' Alliance has announced a new petition - "NO MORE MONEY FOR THE PUBLIC ARTS CENTRE IN WEST BROMWICH".  You can read about The Public here and here.    The text of the petition reads: “We, the named taxpayers listed below, petition Sandwell Council, Advantage West Midlands... Read more...

Prolonging The Agony Of School

  New designs for the staff room Raise the school leaving age to 18? Teachers think it's a shocking idea. Geraldine Everett, chairman of the Professional Association of Teachers, says:“Here is a Government that has toyed with the idea of lowering the voting age to 16 in order to promote... Read more...

Quality not quantity is the way to improve education standards

Geraldine Everett, chairman of the Professional Association of Teachers, told the PAT annual conference in Harrogate: “Here is a Government that has toyed with the idea of lowering the voting age to 16 in order to promote a greater sense of citizenship among our young people. Yet it proposes to... Read more...

Bonuses for failing flood defence bosses should be paid back

The Telegraph has reported that despite claims that water bills would have to rise to pay for additional flood defences, directors of the Environment Agency received bonuses of an average 10%, with the agencies chairman Baroness Young receiving a generous £24,000 (15%) bonus to add to her already over generous... Read more...

TPA Launches West Midlands Campaign

NEW INDEPENDENT, NON-PARTY CAMPAIGN AGAINST RECKLESS SPENDING AND WASTE IN THE REGION BACKED BY A THOUSAND SUPPORTERS IN THE REGION AND A COUNCIL OF LEADING LOCAL FIGURES CAMPAIGN TO LAUNCH OUTSIDE THE PUBLIC ARTS CENTRE WITH NEW PETITION TO OPPOSE ANY EXTRA MONEY FOR THE FAILING PROJECT The TaxPayers’ Alliance... Read more...

West Midlands Waste Dossier

This document sets out the dismal record of politicians wasting taxpayers' money in the West Midlands. Download West Midlands Waste Dossier (PDF)   Read more...

West Midlands Council

Our supporters include those who run businesses operating in many industry sectors across the region as well as civil society. All of them support the TaxPayers’ Alliance in a personal capacity. Paul Biggs, Regional Director, Association of British Drivers (ABD)Alan Blumenthal, Managing Director, Suits PlusKeith Bradshaw, Chairman, Listers of CoventryEdward... Read more...

Private equity firms show the need for simpler, lower taxes for all

The Taxpayers’ Alliance exists first and foremost to defend the interests and rights of ordinary hardworking taxpayers.  It is ordinary taxpayers who have to foot the mounting bill for a monolithic government bureaucracy wasting money on pointless, feel good projects.  Taxpayers have seen more of their own money swallowed up... Read more...

Launch Flyer

This A5 flyer sets out, in a compact form, the objectives of, and reasons for, the West Midlands TaxPayers' Alliance.  It is concise introduction to the new campaign and is just the right size and length to be given out to Saturday shoppers to read on the bus home. We... Read more...

NHS Pay Plan has failed

The Telegraph reports that the 'Agenda for Change' reform of NHS pay has failed to deliver improved productivity, according to the King's Fund health research organisation.  The cost of the change was under-estimated by £200 million and may have made up nearly half of last year's NHS deficits. This is... Read more...

Limits Of Taxation Update

News that some of Britain's paralympians are repaying all that tax-funded support they get by defrauding us out of even more:"A BRITISH Paralympics squad has allegedly become embroiled in an multi-million-pound scam involving the tax-free sale of top of the range luxury cars. Several members of the team are alleged... Read more...

'Green Tokenism' - Government Cars

Car of choice for Hollywood movie stars and British civil servantsNew research by the TaxPayers' Alliance reveals that £888,000 of taxpayers' money could have been saved if the Government Car & Despatch Service (GCDS) had bought normal cars, which cost around £8000 less each, instead of Toyota Prius and Honda... Read more...

Weekly Waste Round-Up 69

In the news this week:EU water directives blow £65bn- "Water bills have already been soaring in recent years. But by far the greater part of that money has been spent, not on repairing pipes and drains, to avoid floods and provide us with extra water, but on complying with three... Read more...

PFI Debt- Slightly Uncooking The Books

The Financial Times reports today (here and here) that up to £30bn of PFI debt may shortly be reclassified back to where it belongs- on the government's balance sheet. As BOM readers will know, up until now Mr Brown's Enron style fiscal accounting has massaged most of it away (see... Read more...

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