TaxPayers’ Alliance policy win: end of Whitehall unconscious bias training

For immediate release


A written ministerial statement this morning has confirmed that the government will cease the funding of unconscious bias training, after TaxPayers’ Alliance research found that over £400,000 was spent on such training in the last two years.


Responding to roll back of Whitehall unconscious bias training, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Taxpayers will be glad that ministers have finally woken up and axed unnecessary unconscious bias training. 

“With extensive laws already in place to prevent discrimination in the workplace, these costly courses were never required and saw officials ripped off in the rush to be right-on.

“If the government is serious about cleaning up the state and reducing the tax burden, it must continue to cut back the waste in the Whitehall wokeforce.”


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Media contact:

Danielle Boxall
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
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24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. The written ministerial statement can be found here.

  4. The TaxPayers’ Alliance uncovered that Whitehall spent £416,644 on unconscious bias courses for civil servants.

  5. The TaxPayers’ Alliance released the ‘War on Waste: Woke Whitehall’ paper. It found that Whitehall departments spent more than £65,000 installing gender-neutral toilets, and purchasing LGBTQ lanyards, stationery and flags.
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