TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to additional £6 billion covid waste

For immediate release


Responding to data showing PPE write-down costs to be £6 billion larger than previously forecast, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“These latest figures unmask the calamitous cost of the covid hangover.

“While ministers had to work quickly during unprecedented times, the scale of the waste uncovered is a kick in the teeth to taxpayers.

“Ministers must ensure that 2023 is the year the government gets a grip of  spending.”


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


Media contact:

Elliot Keck
Investigations Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
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.
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