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TaxPayers' Alliance's War on Government Waste of £billions

This post highlights the ongoing efforts by the TaxPayers' Alliance's War on Government Waste which was exposed by an article dated February 2021. which focussed on Government waste of £5.6 billion and an earlier article dated October 2020 which was entitled: Quangos that last year cost a total of £206 billion.

See below for the highlights from both articles and for a link to both article in pdf.

Here are the highlights from the latest article dated February 2021 concerning Government waste of £5.6 billion:

A key example of our impact was our exposé of government waste at the end of 2020 – a joint project with the Daily Mail. This was launched after our Annual Review was posted to you. As such, I wanted to share our findings – and let you know that our role as Britain’s waste watchdog is as important as ever.

Waste that will make you weep’, read the headline that splashed the Daily Mail back in November. This was the result of a huge freedom of information research project that every member of the TPA team worked on over several months. That research produced a shocking database of waste that amounted to £5.6 billion – a colossal sum. We then worked hard to break it down into categories and provide even more details, bringing

home the scale of the problem to millions of readers.

Click here for the full report in pdf:

TaxPayers Alliance report on UK Governme
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The above article follows the earlier one on Quangos dated October 2020 which made these comments regarding the waste of £206 billion :

Quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations (quangos) are a mixture of executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies and public corporations which hold significant responsibilities over areas of policy that affect taxpayers in their everyday lives. Last year, they cost a total of £206 billion.[1] Their authority ranges from bodies which provide expert advice to government, such as the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), to operating major parts of public services with budgets worth billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, like NHS England. The majority of public appointees, who lead these organisations, face no form of public scrutiny at all before taking up their post. This means the individuals themselves, their views and visions for the quangos they lead often remain unknown to taxpayers, and are often unrepresentative of the general public.[2] This research paper details those who sat on quango boards in the latest year for which full data is available and those who sat on multiple boards in the same year. Where available, data on meeting attendance, remuneration, allowances and honorariums has also been included.

Click here for the full report in pdf:

TaxPayers' Alliance article on quangos t
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Click here to see the full dataset

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