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Are genuine tax cuts coming our way?

Today's Financial Times reports that the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne signalled yesterday that the Conservative Party will be going into the election on a multi-billion pound platform of tax cuts. So a major politicial party is finally recognising the hardship that ever-increasing taxes is causing to so many families and... Read more...

Non-job of the week

Something’s happening at Bradford council.  Usually when we trawl through the Guardian every Wednesday we find a job that shocks and leaves us shaking our heads wondering what fool came up with such an unbelievably pointless job.  But it’s only ever one job from one council here and there.  This... Read more...

Tax Freedom Day in Germany

The German version of the TaxPayers' Alliance - Bund der Steuerzahler - reckons Tax Freedom Day there falls next week on July 13.  This is even later than in Britain!We should be thankful for small mercies!p.s. Thanks to one multi-lingual, Brussels-watching, TPA supporting blogger for drawing this to our attention.... Read more...

Money spent for no good purpose by those who don't know

An article in the Birmingham Post yesterday reported that Nasim Awan, the chairman of Springfield Neighbourhood Forum has called for an investigation into how £21million of public money is being spent through the Enterprising Communities Programme, an initiative that covers the Sparkbrook, Sparkhill, Saltley and Small Heath areas and is... Read more...

Rewards for failure expose hypocrisy of the politicians

The Department for Work and Pensions announced today that there will be a 5% cut in the funding of the Council Tax benefits service. The Local Government Authority is claiming that unless there are “significant increases in council tax”, these cuts would lead to a decline in benefits. "The LGA... Read more...

Cuts imposed by Whitehall will mean council tax increases

The Department for Work and Pensions announced today that there will be a 5% cut in the funding of the Council Tax benefits service.  The Local Government Authority is claiming that unless there are “significant increases in council tax”, these cuts would lead to a decline in benefits. "The LGA... Read more...

Latest criticism of the Olympics by the PAC

It’s already four times over budget and today the Olympics get another a rap on the knuckles, this time from the Commons Public Accounts Committee.Committee Chairman Edward Leigh said to the BBC it was “worrying” that arrangements for monitoring progress and risk weren’t in place.  During the hearing, Mr Leigh... Read more...

Do chips make us healthier?

...not if they are microchips that hold your medical information.  According to new American research reported today, electronic health records - touted by policymakers in Britain and America as a way to improve the quality of health care - failed to improve care delivered in routine doctor visits.  "Of 17... Read more...

Regional Development Agencies face the axe

In an interview with today's Financial Times, Shadow Business Secretary Alan Duncan said that Regional Development Agencies must "justify their existence" to escape being abolished by a Conservative government. He said:"My experience with all RDAs is, after an initial ‘Oh yes, we like them’, people very quickly say in the... Read more...

Lessons in incompetence

The revision of the secondary school curriculum for England announced today includes the teaching of basic personal finances: New Schools Secretary Ed Balls wants young people to be equipped with an understanding of finance topics such as debt, tax and pensions… …This will also include lessons about life at work... Read more...