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Responding to Rishi Sunak’s speech at Conservative Party Conference, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
“For all the talk of welcome tax cuts, there doesn’t seem to be enough recognition that the government is simply spending too much taxpayers’ mony.
“Public spending is now north of one trillion pounds but despite record levels of taxpayers’ cash, there is a real sense that public services are getting worse, not better.
“Tax cuts are good for growth and leave more money in the pockets of those who earned it - but step one is acknowledging the scale of the cost of government crisis.”
Responding to the announcement on HS2, Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
“Ministers were warned from the get-go that the cost of this project would spiral out of control.
“The prime minister is right to refocus taxpayers' money on improving transport links on road and rail all over the country, as we recommended in 2019.
“Ministers now need to ease the pressure on taxpayers by ensuring that the rocketing cost of what’s left of HS2 is brought back down to earth.”
Some of the projects announced during the Prime Minister’s speech as alternatives to HS2 spending were proposed in the TaxPayers’ Alliance’s Great British Transport Competition, including upgrading the A1 and A5.
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- Projects announced during the speech as alternatives to HS2 were proposed in the TaxPayers’ Alliance’s Great British Transport Competition, including upgrading the A1 and A5.