Meals subsidy a "slap in the face" for taxpayers

Responding to the revelation that taxpayers have subsidised politicians' meals across Welsh Government properties to the tune of £1,373,702 over the past four years, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"This subsidy is a slap in the face for taxpayers. Many hard-pressed Welsh residents have cut their food bills as belts have been tightened, but that doesn't seem to have been the case for those at the top. After depressing news in recent months about the state of the Welsh education and health systems, you have to wonder if this is the best way to spend taxpayers' money."

TPA spokesmen are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Media contacts

Andy Silvester
Campaign Manager, The TaxPayers' Alliance
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113

Notes to editors

1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and now with 80,000 supporters, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, cut spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at

2. The cost of the meals subsidy emerged in the response to a Written Assembly Question tabled by Paul Davies AM on 1st July 2014.
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