Blog

Poor priorities in our prisons

It’s been a good month for prisoners.  First came the news that dozens will be released early to ease on overcrowding.  Then there was even better news that those on early-release would get a £200 goodbye, courtesy of the taxpayer.  But today there’s consolation for those still behind bars -... Read more...

Weekly Waste Round-Up 65

In the news this week:Tour de France costs us £6.8m- "The 94th race will have its "Grand Départ" in London on Saturday... Starting the tour in Britain has cost £6.8 million, including a £1.5 million fee for the event's organisers. Transport for London has stumped up £3.2 million and the... Read more...

Brown's pensions raid has also cost savers

New calculations by Mike Warburton and Maurice Fitzpatrick at Grant Thornton are yet more evidence of the damage that has been done by Gordon Brown's removal of tax credits on dividends. They show that an estimated three million investors in personal equity plans (PEPs) and equity-based individual savings accounts (ISAs)... Read more...

Weekly Waste Round-Up 61

In the news recently:NHS negligence cost us £4bn- "BRITAIN could have had 16 giant new hospitals - if doctors had not made so many cock-ups. NHS chiefs have used £4BILLION of taxpayers' cash in clinical negligence costs since 1997. And that would have been enough to build at least 16... Read more...

More students taking soft GCSEs

Today the Telegraph reports that the number of students passing five good GCSEs in English, maths, science, a modern language and history or geography has fallen from nearly 44 per cent to 28.6 per cent.This is symptomatic of an education system that responds to government targets and league tables instead... Read more...

Unaccountable monopolies kill people

A Healthcare Commission report shows that 99 out of 394 trusts are failing to take basic steps such as safely decontaminating reusable medical equipment and keeping facilities clean. This can be added to the news last November that 84% of staff did not wash their hands before and after contact... Read more...

Shock: BBC biased, sky is blue etc...

The BBC has today come under fire for promoting its own agenda of ‘trendy causes’ in a report commissioned by its own governors, forcing it this morning to publish guidelines ensuring impartial broadcasting.Allegations and rumours have long been made about BBC bias, highlighted by an ingrained prejudice against the United... Read more...

Tax Credits System Still Fraught with Errors

Today it has been announced that the amount of overpayment in the tax credits system has fallen. Reuters reports that the total has fallen by £100 million to a total of £1.7 billion this year. This is still a huge amount. A mistake is still made in almost half of... Read more...

The Town Hall Rich List

This report used the Freedom of Information Act to discover a startling number of local government employees being paid over £100,000 per year.  Many local government salaries are rising rapidly while council tax payers face higher bills.Download Town Hall Rich List (PDF) Read more...

The Bumper Book of Government Waste

Welcome to the world of waste. You are about to enter a twilight zone of crazy spending, political correctness, utter incompetence, and fantastic jollies, all funded by the British taxpayer. In this book, the authors have highlighted a myriad of examples of Government waste and useless spending, taken from thousands... Read more...

Whitehall pensions

This report lists details of 100 civil servants with pension pots of over £500,000. Download Whitehall pensions (PDF) Download the full data set (Excel) Read more...