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Bosses And Beds

Is this what you want? Bosses need proper beds I hate to break this to you, but the NHS has a serious problem: there aren't enough beds to go round.As you know, the NHS aims to provide one bed for each of its administrators. That way, even when they all... Read more...

Political-Correctness in Cornwall

TPA supporter Richard Jones has let us know of some political-correctness-gone-mad down in Cornwall.  Local resident Denis Lusby had been publishing a community magazine with news and the odd smattering of humour until the local (*drumroll*) ‘head of equality and diversity’ at Cornwall County Council urged local schools to boycott... Read more...

Government Project Disasters

"Only" £100m... but hardly a snip An excellent new paper today from the IEA. It's called They Meant Well, Government Project Disasters, by Prof David Myddelton.We've not read it in detail yet, but Prof Myddelton has looked at six great disasters from the last 100 years: The R.101 airship (1922... Read more...

Note to Basildon Council - you are being watched...

A TPA activist has alerted us to this shocking example of government waste inBasildon Council:"Inclusion & Diversity Manager To £43,233 plus PRP (subject to review) Ahands-on, determined manager is now required with a real understanding of the complex legislation and issues associated with equality and diversity. You will need to... Read more...

Non-job of the week

Last week Tower Shamlets council was exposed by the Centre for Social Cohesion for stocking its PUBLIC libraries with Islamic fundamentalist literature.  Not only was taxpayer’s money spent on books by Abu Hamza, the convicted fundamentalist, but that there were disproportionately more fundamentalist texts than moderate books.  So you’ve got... Read more...

Advantage West Midlands spend your real money on their virtual project

Most of us know very little about high-tech ‘virtual world’ gaming, so it might come as a surprise that the local taxpayer-funded Regional Development Agency - Advantage West Midlands – has poured £3.3million into funding ‘The Serious Games Institute’ at Coventry University. The Birmingham Post reports today that the ‘Serious... Read more...

Wanless Shocker

Spending now up to EU average... but results are not The highly respected King's Fund have just published Sir Derek Wanless's new NHS report. The media reaction hardly does it justice- it's a real shocker. The bald facts are these. Since his first report in 2002, total NHS spending has... Read more...

Taxing Reading

Our tax code is getting smaller.  Well, sort of.  The BBC reports that Tolley's Yellow Tax Handbook, the complete guide to UK tax law, is going to be printed in a smaller font. Back in 2001 the tax code 5,942 pages long.  Oh how struggling small businesses must look back... Read more...

Councils waste half a million on 'status'

TPA Activist Barbara Lockwood, who also runs her local campaign ‘Folk Against Council Tax’, has sent us a story about Norwich City and Norfolk County Council’s waste of half a million pounds over a battle to change Norwich City council to unitary status. Read more...

Indefensible

Waste Watch on defence spending Today's PAC report on defence procurement reminds us just how poor the MOD is at managing its budgets. As we've blogged before, its 20 largest weapons projects - including the MRA4 Nimrod, the Type 45 destroyer, and the Astute class sub - are running a... Read more...

The problems with the Happy Planet Index

Informed sources think that something along the lines of the New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index is going to be recommended in the Conservative Quality of Life group report this Thursday.The purpose of the Happy Planet Index is to create a measure that captures a society’s ability to produce what... Read more...

Same old TUC

The conference season started in a predictable fashion yesterday when Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC, claimed that the “super-rich” should pay more tax.  In particular, he pointed to the non-domicile loop-hole as an effective tax break worth £4 billion a year, whose closing would generate revenue to tackle... Read more...

Weekly Waste Watch- 73

Inconveniences, more like In the news this week: £15,000 flushed down pan- " THOUSANDS of pounds have been flushed down the pan refurbishing public toilets, residents have complained. The loos at The Cross in Royston were closed for more than a month in the summer while £15,000 of maintenance work... Read more...

News Release: TaxPayers' Alliance Annual Conference Season Poll

 Major landscape poll finds strong shift in public attitudes towards tax Council Tax is second biggest financial worry for UK families after rising utility bills Big majority think last ten years of higher public spending has been used badly 63% think Ministers lack the experience, competence and knowledge to... Read more...

The Taser debate heats up...

                                                                                                                                         A... Read more...

Police chief calls for the abolition of targets

Ian Johnston, the president of the Police Superintendents Association, is denouncing Whitehall crime-fighting targets as a "shambles": "He maintains that performance targets set in Whitehall are preventing senior officers from giving the public the policing they want. They have no credibility within the police and do nothing to improve the... Read more...

Specialist schools fail to raise standards

From the Telegraph today: "Almost every comprehensive in England has been turned into a "specialist school" - receiving thousands of pounds in extra money every year to champion particular subjects. Under the scheme, schools specialise in technology, art, sport, languages, business, maths or science. But a study by academics at... Read more...

TPA Organiser in Liverpool newspaper

Three cheers to our Liverpool Organiser Veronica Hind.  She managed to get a letter in the Liverpool Daily Post speaking out in favour of our report into University non-courses.  For your interest it is reprinted here:"Letter: You say - What a waste Veronica Hind 6 September 2007Liverpool EchoThe recent Taxpayers'... Read more...

The Buck Bounces Back

Our reporter on the trail... before he contracted foot and mouthAccording to the "usual sources" (ie shameless leaks), the report on the Pirbright foot and mouth outbreak will finger the government's own virus lab, and not their nextdoor neighbour Merial.Investigators have apparently identified five separate breaches of bio-security, including a... Read more...

Liberal Democrats defend their excuse to take your money

Yesterday the Liberal Democrats attacked our study on green taxes.  They make two arguments:1.    More recent studies, they cite the example of the Stern Review, show a higher cost of carbon.2.    We haven’t properly accounted for externalities other than CO2 emissions from road transport, their examples of others... Read more...

£7million Walsall Council programme gets 'zero' rating

The Walsall Observer reported today that Walsall Council’s £7million scheme designed to help vulnerable members of the community has been labelled ‘poor’ by Government watchdogs.Condemned for its lack of any leadership or direction the Audit Commission only saw fit to award the ‘Supporting People’ programme a zero rating, which is... Read more...

Britain lags in quality of life index

Yesterday the Telegraph reported that a new Economist index will reveal Britain lagging behind other countries of similar income in the quality of life it affords its residents.  The difference has a lot to do with our underperforming public services.While in the private sector we lead the world in attracting... Read more...

Update On Running Sores

The BBC's the one on the left and the RPA's in the middle Updates on two of the running sores causing taxpayers so much discomfort: 1. BBCThe BBC has been panicked into axing its Comic Relief-style special about climate change. A spokesperson says:"The BBC is committed to programmes about climate... Read more...

Libraries stocking books of hate

The Centre for Social Cohesion reports that libraries are spending public funds to stock books that promote Islamic extremism and glorify terrorism.  The libraries in London, Birmingham and Blackburn stocked books by convicted preachers Abu Hamza and Abdullah Al-Faisal.  The report's main focus, however, is on public libraries in Tower... Read more...

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