9:33 AM, 21st February 2020, About 2 years ago 10
TaxPayers’ Alliance analysis reveals how ministers, officials and ‘Quangocrats’ are wasting taxpayers’ cash funding organisations that lobby the government. From 2017-19, organisations that lobby for changes in public policy received at least £39,584,172.
The Report shows Shelter received £15,204,000 between 2017-18 from multiple local authorities, government departments, public bodies and the London Councils Association. This was the second highest figure received behind Citizens Advice and represents over 38% of the total funding.
Taxpayer money being used to fund political campaign groups creates a political merry-go-round, whereby the government assigns taxpayer cash to third parties, who then lobby that same government.
John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“Taxpayers are sick to the back teeth of being levied to be lectured and lobbied by faceless bureaucrats.
“Quangocrats are awarding funds to yapping Yes Men, empowering certain viewpoints and distorting the decision-making process as they use their privileges to campaign for policy change.
“Government needs to stop funding the lobbying merry-go-round, and instead focus cash on taxpayers’ priorities.”
The TaxPayers Alliance considers that taxpayer funding of lobbying and political campaigning has a number of negative effects:
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