Taxpayers’ Alliance

Latest stories

3h
Thame Gazette
NHSGPs are being paid for up to three million "ghost patients" who should be remov
NHS
Thame Gazette / Posted 3 hours ago
GPs are being paid for up to three million "ghost patients" who should be removed from their practice lists, figures suggest. The figure relates to patients who are still registered with a GP but who have died, moved, left the country or who no... Read more
3 related stories
1d
Daily Telegraph
GPs paid hundreds of millions for 'ghost patients' who don't existJohn O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, criticised findings
GPs paid hundreds of millions for 'ghost patients' who don't exist
Daily Telegraph / Posted yesterday
John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, criticised findings in the NHS Digital report. "We rarely see a day go by without the NHS asking for more taxpayers' money or claiming that there are no more savings to be made," he... Read more
3 related stories
3d
express
Scottish MPs claim almost £600k of taxpayers' money in luxury flightsScottish MPs cheered at £600,000 worth of taxpayer-funded business-class flight
Scottish MPs claim almost £600k of taxpayers' money in luxury flights
express / Posted 3 days ago
Scottish MPs cheered at £600,000 worth of taxpayer-funded business-class flights The increase is almost entirely down to the new intake of SNP politicians eschewing economy fares in favour of the more expensive fully flexible tickets, recorded as... Read more
4d
express
Eight THOUSAND NHS consultants earn MORE than the PM8,000 NHS consultants earn more money than Prime Minister Theresa May In a par
Eight THOUSAND NHS consultants earn MORE than the PM
express / Posted 4 days ago
8,000 NHS consultants earn more money than Prime Minister Theresa May In a parliamentary reply to a question tabled by Conservative MP for Torbay Kevin Foster, health minister Philip Dunne stated: “It is estimated that 8,000 consultants earn more... Read more
4d
Daily Telegraph
8,000 hospital consultants paid more than the Prime MinisterTim Farron, the Liberal Democrats leader who uncovered the figures, said: “Whil
8,000 hospital consultants paid more than the Prime Minister
Daily Telegraph / Posted 4 days ago
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrats leader who uncovered the figures, said: “While no one would deny that senior NHS doctors are incredibly valuable public servants, I have to question whether the Government have their priorities right on NHS... Read more
6d
express
Taxpayers shell out £46MILLION on public sector staff suspended on FULL PAYas, as fewer than half of the organisations in question gave full responses to
Taxpayers shell out £46MILLION on public sector staff suspended on FULL PAY
express / Posted 6 days ago
as, as fewer than half of the organisations in question gave full responses to investigators. Dia Chakravarty from the Taxpayers’ Alliance blasted the figure, obtained from an Freedom of Information request, saying: “This is a phenomenal waste... Read more
5 related stories
6d
Greenock Telegraph
'At least' £46m spent on public sector staff suspended on full payAt least £46 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on public sector staff
'At least' £46m spent on public sector staff suspended on full pay
Greenock Telegraph / Posted 6 days ago
At least £46 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on public sector staff suspended on full pay over the past three years, according to a new investigation. More than 5,000 staff were suspended on full pay at NHS trusts, police forces and... Read more
5 related stories
6d
This is West Country
'At least' £46m spent on public sector staff suspended on full payAt least £46 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on public sector staff
'At least' £46m spent on public sector staff suspended on full pay
This is West Country / Posted 6 days ago
At least £46 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on public sector staff suspended on full pay over the past three years, according to a new investigation. More than 5,000 staff were suspended on full pay at NHS trusts, police forces and... Read more
5 related stories
6d
Gazette News
'At least' £46m spent on public sector staff suspended on full payAt least £46 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on public sector staff
'At least' £46m spent on public sector staff suspended on full pay
Gazette News / Posted 6 days ago
At least £46 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on public sector staff suspended on full pay over the past three years, according to a new investigation. More than 5,000 staff were suspended on full pay at NHS trusts, police forces and... Read more
5 related stories
6d
Belfast Telegraph
'At least' £46m spent on public sector staff suspended on full payAt least £46 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on public sector staff
'At least' £46m spent on public sector staff suspended on full pay
Belfast Telegraph / Posted 6 days ago
At least £46 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on public sector staff suspended on full pay over the past three years, according to a new investigation. More than 5,000 staff were suspended on full pay at NHS trusts, police forces and... Read more
5 related stories
6d
North-West Evening Mail
'At least' £46m spent on public sector staff suspended on full payAt least £46 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on public sector staff
'At least' £46m spent on public sector staff suspended on full pay
North-West Evening Mail / Posted 6 days ago
At least £46 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on public sector staff suspended on full pay over the past three years, according to a new investigation. More than 5,000 staff were suspended on full pay at NHS trusts, police forces and... Read more
5 related stories
6d
Ipswich Star
Proposed pay rise for Ipswich borough councillors sparks anger for tax campaignersthe cross-party approved motion passes, the basic pay would increase to £4,000.
Proposed pay rise for Ipswich borough councillors sparks anger for tax campaigners
Ipswich Star / Posted 6 days ago
the cross-party approved motion passes, the basic pay would increase to £4,000. But John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “(IBC) have done well to keep their allowances low over the past few years but that shouldn’t give... Read more
4 related stories
6d
Ipswich Star
Tax campaigners hit out as Ipswich borough councillors in line for 7% pay risethe cross-party approved motion passes, the basic pay would increase to £4,000.
Tax campaigners hit out as Ipswich borough councillors in line for 7% pay rise
Ipswich Star / Posted 6 days ago
the cross-party approved motion passes, the basic pay would increase to £4,000. But John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “(IBC) have done well to keep their allowances low over the past few years but that shouldn’t give... Read more
4 related stories
7d
Daily Star
Benefits scrounger pocketing £15k-a-year blasted for spending £20k 'to look like Beckham'VAIN: Jack Johnson (right) has spent £20,000 in a quest to look like David Beck
Benefits scrounger pocketing £15k-a-year blasted for spending £20k 'to look like Beckham'
Daily Star / Posted 7 days ago
VAIN: Jack Johnson (right) has spent £20,000 in a quest to look like David Beckham Jack Johnson, who pockets more than £15,000 in benefits every year, became so fixated with the Manchester United legend's "luxury lifestyle" two years ago he started... Read more
7d
The New Statesman
NEC postpones elected shadow cabinet decision until Saturdaywere further heightened following the arrival of Robert Oxley, formerly head of
NEC postpones elected shadow cabinet decision until Saturday
The New Statesman / Posted 7 days ago
were further heightened following the arrival of Robert Oxley, formerly head of media at Vote Leave and before that the Taxpayers’ Alliance, and thus on record on multiple occasions castigating “wasteful spending” at the department and... Read more
8d
express
Number of homeless migrant families getting emergency accommodation has DOUBLEDthe old Iron Curtain. It’s vital that authorities ensure that more sensible ac
Number of homeless migrant families getting emergency accommodation has DOUBLED
express / Posted 8 days ago
the old Iron Curtain. It’s vital that authorities ensure that more sensible accommodation is found Harry Davis of the TaxPayers’ Alliance The number of families from these nations needing emergency accommodation has almost QUADRUPLED in the... Read more
8d
The New Statesman
Dfid officials are worried about Priti Patel, but it's Brexit they should be frightened ofwere further heightened following the arrival of Robert Oxley, formerly head of
Dfid officials are worried about Priti Patel, but it's Brexit they should be frightened of
The New Statesman / Posted 8 days ago
were further heightened following the arrival of Robert Oxley, formerly head of media at Vote Leave and before that the Taxpayers’ Alliance, and thus on record on multiple occasions castigating “wasteful spending” at the department and... Read more
8d
Derbyshire Times
More than half-a-million pounds in debt written off by Chesterfield Borough Counciland the borough council had no power to offer lower ones even if it wanted to.
More than half-a-million pounds in debt written off by Chesterfield Borough Council
Derbyshire Times / Posted 8 days ago
and the borough council had no power to offer lower ones even if it wanted to. John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “When councils should be tightening their belts, they really cannot afford not to collect huge... Read more
8d
Derbyshire Times
Council writes off half a million poundsand the borough council had no power to offer lower ones even if it wanted to.
Council writes off half a million pounds
Derbyshire Times / Posted 8 days ago
and the borough council had no power to offer lower ones even if it wanted to. John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “When councils should be tightening their belts, they really cannot afford not to collect huge... Read more
10d
express
Lotto gran rips out £1k hot tub one month after taxpayers paid for itThe mum-of-two splashed between £800 to £1,000 on the extravagance at taxpayers
Lotto gran rips out £1k hot tub one month after taxpayers paid for it
express / Posted 10 days ago
The mum-of-two splashed between £800 to £1,000 on the extravagance at taxpayers’ expense Susanne Hinte, who faked winning the lottery to try and win a multi-million pound payout flaunted her luxury hot tub, which she fitted into her shed, claiming... Read more
11d
express
MoD spent £85 MILLION on private accountants and lawyers last yearThe MoD spent £252m on consultants fees over the last three years Whitehall of
MoD spent £85 MILLION on private accountants and lawyers last year
express / Posted 11 days ago
The MoD spent £252m on consultants fees over the last three years Whitehall officials agreed deals with legal and financial services firms worth an eye-watering £85million last year despite a pledge by the Defence Secretary to cut wasteful spending... Read more
11d
Daily Star
Benefits scrounger Lotto Gran rips out £1k Jacuzzi — weeks after taxpayers bought itbenefits — splashed out on her Jacuzzi in her plush garden shed in June. But d
Benefits scrounger Lotto Gran rips out £1k Jacuzzi — weeks after taxpayers bought it
Daily Star / Posted 11 days ago
benefits — splashed out on her Jacuzzi in her plush garden shed in June. But despite spending between £800 and £1,000 on taxpayers’ cash on the garish shed at her Worcester home, the gran recently decided she no longer wants to use it — and has... Read more
12d
SKY News
Friday's national newspaper front pages:: The i, Financial Times China will be among the investors in the new Hinkley
Friday's national newspaper front pages
SKY News / Posted 12 days ago
:: The i, Financial Times China will be among the investors in the new Hinkley Point power station which has been given the go-ahead. A mother-of-nine was among two people shot dead in a flat in Finchley, north London. UKIP members are making a... Read more
12d
express
MPs’ pay-offs could extend to those in abolished seatsbudgets for MPs who leave or take up office are also going to be assessed." Jo
MPs’ pay-offs could extend to those in abolished seats
express / Posted 12 days ago
budgets for MPs who leave or take up office are also going to be assessed." John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “With MPs effectively on fixed-term contracts, there can be no justification for enhanced... Read more
13d
Ipswich Star
Empty desks in large parts of Suffolk County Council’s offices, including Endeavour House, is ‘terrible waste’£11m to £14m for Landmark House. The figure is not known for Constantine House.
Empty desks in large parts of Suffolk County Council’s offices, including Endeavour House, is ‘terrible waste’
Ipswich Star / Posted 13 days ago
£11m to £14m for Landmark House. The figure is not known for Constantine House. John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Half-empty buildings are a terrible waste of taxpayer-funded resources. “Rather than straining... Read more
14d
express
Council hires bin snoopers to check baked bean tins have been washed - at £300,000 a yearHull Council have called in the bin cops to stop residents putting the 'wrong'
Council hires bin snoopers to check baked bean tins have been washed - at £300,000 a year
express / Posted 14 days ago
Hull Council have called in the bin cops to stop residents putting the 'wrong' sort of rubbish Hull Council has already been slammed for spending more than £100,000 of taxpayers' money on consultants to advise on ways to stop residents putting the... Read more
16d
Belfast Telegraph
BBC NI staff took 5,000 sick days last yearStaff at BBC Northern Ireland took almost 5,000 days off sick in the last year.
BBC NI staff took 5,000 sick days last year
Belfast Telegraph / Posted 16 days ago
Staff at BBC Northern Ireland took almost 5,000 days off sick in the last year. An average of eight days was lost per employee, new figures reveal. Across the UK, Beeb staff missed an astonishing 91,992 days because of illness - costing licence fee... Read more
16d
express
Benefit cheats are spared jail as fraud numbers rocketinvestigator's leg ordered Benefits cheat pocketed £47,500 by hiding her secre
Benefit cheats are spared jail as fraud numbers rocket
express / Posted 16 days ago
investigator's leg ordered Benefits cheat pocketed £47,500 by hiding her secret POLICE boyfriend John O’Connell of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “It is important for DWP to crack down on benefit cheats when Government statistics show that the... Read more
18d
The Rhinelander Daily News
Political Digest"The state has more jobs than ever before, unemployment rates have fallen to pr
Political Digest
The Rhinelander Daily News / Posted 18 days ago
"The state has more jobs than ever before, unemployment rates have fallen to pre-recession levels, and workers that want full-time work are having an easier time finding it," the COWS report stated. "Labor market opportunities are more clear and... Read more
19d
Junkee
The Australian Republican Movement’s New Director Used To Make Tony Abbott’s Dank MemesThe Australian Republican Movement (ARM) received a big boost today with the ne
The Australian Republican Movement’s New Director Used To Make Tony Abbott’s Dank Memes
Junkee / Posted 19 days ago
The Australian Republican Movement (ARM) received a big boost today with the news that James Packer had donated $250,000 to the cause. The organisation has been a key part of the campaign advocating for Australia to ditch the monarchy and become a... Read more
25 related stories
19d
express
'Time to save crumbling Parliament': MPs set out restoration planscarried out to renovate the ageing mechanical and electrical services buried de
'Time to save crumbling Parliament': MPs set out restoration plans
express / Posted 19 days ago
carried out to renovate the ageing mechanical and electrical services buried deep inside both the Commons and Lords. The TaxPayers’ Alliance said it would be “unacceptable” if the cost went up even further at a later date. Related articles Chief... Read more
12 related stories
20d
This is West Country
Police officers paid a staggering £7.4 million in overtime last yearwill address a lot of the issues we have experienced with the level of overtime
Police officers paid a staggering £7.4 million in overtime last year
This is West Country / Posted 20 days ago
will address a lot of the issues we have experienced with the level of overtime.” John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said he was concerned by the figures. He said: “These numbers will certainly raise questions. Paying... Read more
21d
Belfast Telegraph
Gobbins path to stay shut for several more monthsThe trouble-hit Gobbins cliff path is set to remain shut for the foreseeable fu
Gobbins path to stay shut for several more months
Belfast Telegraph / Posted 21 days ago
The trouble-hit Gobbins cliff path is set to remain shut for the foreseeable future. It is expected it will take several more months to find a solution to persistent problems which have kept the £7.5m tourist attraction closed all summer. The east... Read more
22d
Newham Recorder
Newham mayor dismisses criticism of £4.3m spending on eventstheir own budget consultation that people think Labour is spending too much mon
Newham mayor dismisses criticism of £4.3m spending on events
Newham Recorder / Posted 22 days ago
their own budget consultation that people think Labour is spending too much money on the Mayor’s Show.” Pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance, meanwhile, said in future businesses should be asked to help with costs “so that large bills are not... Read more
22d
Belfast Telegraph
Start Up Loans scheme sees almost third of money lent turn into bad debtNearly a third of the public money lent to would-be entrepreneurs to start thei
Start Up Loans scheme sees almost third of money lent turn into bad debt
Belfast Telegraph / Posted 22 days ago
Nearly a third of the public money lent to would-be entrepreneurs to start their own businesses has become bad debt , according to official figures. The Government-backed Start Up Loans scheme has seen £72.4 million worth of loans written off or... Read more
26d
International Business Times
How the EU referendum result changed the Westminster villageThe UK's vote to leave the EU referendum caught the Westminster set out. Pundit
How the EU referendum result changed the Westminster village
International Business Times / Posted 26 days ago
The UK's vote to leave the EU referendum caught the Westminster set out. Pundits and pollsters had predicted a Remain victory, with warnings about the economy – otherwise known as 'Project Fear' – expected to get David Cameron over the line once... Read more
27d
walesonline
Welsh Government paid £268,000 in travel expenses in a yearmeans there could be more than one employee travelling for each of the claims.
Welsh Government paid £268,000 in travel expenses in a year
walesonline / Posted 27 days ago
means there could be more than one employee travelling for each of the claims. But Lee Canning, coordinator of the Taxpayers’ Alliance in Wales, said: “Even though the Welsh Government’s financials don’t appear overly excessive in this... Read more
27d
Dayton Daily News
Pentagon didn't stop some employees from using government...The Pentagon was warned more than a year ago that thousands of transactions wer
Pentagon didn't stop some employees from using government...
Dayton Daily News / Posted 27 days ago
The Pentagon was warned more than a year ago that thousands of transactions were taking place at strip clubs and casinos using government issued credit cards intended for official travel. But a new report from the Department of Defense Inspector... Read more
18 related stories
27d
Springfield News-Sun
Pentagon didn't stop some employees from using government...The Pentagon was warned more than a year ago that thousands of transactions wer
Pentagon didn't stop some employees from using government...
Springfield News-Sun / Posted 27 days ago
The Pentagon was warned more than a year ago that thousands of transactions were taking place at strip clubs and casinos using government issued credit cards intended for official travel. But a new report from the Department of Defense Inspector... Read more
18 related stories
27d
The Hamilton Journal News
Pentagon didn't stop some employees from using government...The Pentagon was warned more than a year ago that thousands of transactions wer
Pentagon didn't stop some employees from using government...
The Hamilton Journal News / Posted 27 days ago
The Pentagon was warned more than a year ago that thousands of transactions were taking place at strip clubs and casinos using government issued credit cards intended for official travel. But a new report from the Department of Defense Inspector... Read more
18 related stories
27d
ajc.com
Pentagon didn't stop some employees from using government...The Pentagon was warned more than a year ago that thousands of transactions wer
Pentagon didn't stop some employees from using government...
ajc.com / Posted 27 days ago
The Pentagon was warned more than a year ago that thousands of transactions were taking place at strip clubs and casinos using government issued credit cards intended for official travel. But a new report from the Department of Defense Inspector... Read more
18 related stories
27d
The Palm Beach Post
Pentagon didn't stop some employees from using government...The Pentagon was warned more than a year ago that thousands of transactions wer
Pentagon didn't stop some employees from using government...
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 27 days ago
The Pentagon was warned more than a year ago that thousands of transactions were taking place at strip clubs and casinos using government issued credit cards intended for official travel. But a new report from the Department of Defense Inspector... Read more
18 related stories
29d
Tax-News.com
UK Households' Lifetime Tax Bill Calculatedby Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London30 August 2016 The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA
UK Households' Lifetime Tax Bill Calculated
Tax-News.com / Posted 29 days ago
by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London30 August 2016 The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has calculated that the average UK household will pay GBP826,030 (USD1.1m) in direct and indirect taxes over a lifetime. The... Read more
18 related stories
29d
chroniclelive
Newcastle City Council executive could receive £24,000 pay risechallenge” to “take the organisation through a period of significant change”.
Newcastle City Council executive could receive £24,000 pay rise
chroniclelive / Posted 29 days ago
challenge” to “take the organisation through a period of significant change”. John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “This is absolutely astonishing. Newcastle residents haven’t seen a single tax cut in the last two... Read more
29d
heraldscotland
David Cameron 'utterly shameless' over pay rises offered to special advisersMr Farron said: "Cameron talked a lot about cutting the cost of politics over t
David Cameron 'utterly shameless' over pay rises offered to special advisers
heraldscotland / Posted 29 days ago
Mr Farron said: "Cameron talked a lot about cutting the cost of politics over the last few years. This shows how utter empty this rhetoric was. "This is triple whammy - honours to cronies and a whacking great pay rise and then a bumped up severance... Read more
28 related stories
29d
North-West Evening Mail
David Cameron 'utterly shameless' over pay rises offered to special advisersDavid Cameron should be "ashamed" of inflation-busting pay rises he handed out
David Cameron 'utterly shameless' over pay rises offered to special advisers
North-West Evening Mail / Posted 29 days ago
David Cameron should be "ashamed" of inflation-busting pay rises he handed out to special advisers just months before they were given generous severance packages, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said. The former prime minister upped the... Read more
28 related stories
29d
The News and Star
David Cameron 'utterly shameless' over pay rises offered to special advisersDavid Cameron should be "ashamed" of inflation-busting pay rises he handed out
David Cameron 'utterly shameless' over pay rises offered to special advisers
The News and Star / Posted 29 days ago
David Cameron should be "ashamed" of inflation-busting pay rises he handed out to special advisers just months before they were given generous severance packages, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said. The former prime minister upped the... Read more
28 related stories
29d
SKY News
Cameron 'Increased Advisers' Pay By Up To 24%'An analysis by Civil Service World found the former prime minister increased th
Cameron 'Increased Advisers' Pay By Up To 24%'
SKY News / Posted 29 days ago
An analysis by Civil Service World found the former prime minister increased the salary of some of his advisers, known as spads, by as much as £18,000 - or up to 24%. The double digit hikes were ordered despite pay rises being capped at 1% in the... Read more
28 related stories
29d
express
Cameron gave special advisers pay rises of 24% when most of public sector got just 1%David Cameron has reportedly upped the salary of some of his advisors by £18,00
Cameron gave special advisers pay rises of 24% when most of public sector got just 1%
express / Posted 29 days ago
David Cameron has reportedly upped the salary of some of his advisors by £18,000 The former prime minister upped the salary of some of his advisers, known as spads, by as much as £18,000, or up to 24 per cent, according to analysis by Civil Service... Read more
28 related stories
29d
metro
David Cameron gave huge pay rises to staff in his final months as PMoutgoing prime minister also received pay rises of up to 24 per cent in one yea
David Cameron gave huge pay rises to staff in his final months as PM
metro / Posted 29 days ago
outgoing prime minister also received pay rises of up to 24 per cent in one year.’ John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Taxpayers will be shocked at the size of these increases at a time of necessary spending... Read more
28 related stories
More

People in this news