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Sutton Coldfield People: Stamp duty's a real drag, lenders claim
MORTGAGE lenders are urging the Government to overhaul the "perverse and distorting" stamp duty system which is acting as a drag on the housing market recovery.
november 2013
Yorkshire Post: Bill Carmichael Spending spree with your cash
COUNCILLORS on my local authority – Craven in North Yorkshire – have breezily announced that they are considering buying themselves a tablet computer each at public expense.
november 2013
Communications Journal: Let's ask taxpayers what they really want from their councils
What do sheep and mayoral uniforms have in common? It isn't the start of a bad joke: these are among the ways in which the taxpayers' alliance thinks councils can save money.
november 2013
Edinburgh Evening News: Fraud policy media ban ‘is not legal’
A NEW fraud prevention policy which bars employees from speaking to the media could be against the law, it was warned today.
november 2013
Mail Online: The £48,000 wind turbine that will take four centuries to pay for itself: New structure will generate just £5 of electricity a month
A wind turbine built with £48,000 of taxpayers’ money has been producing so little electricity it will take more than 400 years to repay the bill, it emerged yesterday.
november 2013
New Statesman: We need a campaign to build homes across the Home Counties
The murky world of think tanks, lobbying shops and pressure groups is a crowded one - but I think I've identified a gap in the market. The Campaign for the Promotion of Residential England would fight bravely, relentlessly, and with a single noble purpose: to cover the fields of the Home Counties with bricks and mortar.
november 2013
Stroud Life: Lobby group's ideas for council savings: use sheep to graze Cheltenham's green spaces
Might parks and gardens in Cheltenham be grazed by livestock, to save money of cutting the grass?

That’s one idea put forward by lobby group the Taxpayer’s Alliance in a guide to saving money for local councils, called 201 Ways to Save Money in Local Government.
november 2013
Yahoo News UK: ‘Replace gardeners with cows’ and four other stupid suggestions from the Taxpayers’ Alliance
Those fun-loving types at the Taxpayers' alliance have published a new list of 201 ways for local councils to save money.

While there are many sensible suggestions on the list, there are also a fair few idiotic ones.

Here's a look at five of them:
november 2013
Guardian Professional: Let's ask taxpayers what they really want from their councils
Should we use sheep as lawnmowers? The Taxpayer's Alliance's 201 money-saving ideas reveal a need for debate
november 2013
Gazette Live: Four senior managers in Teesside NHS services received 'exit packages' totalling £765,000
Four senior managers in Teesside NHS services received 'exit packages' totalling £765,000
november 2013
Mail Online: Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation has cost police £2.7m
Officers working on Operation Yewtree - the police probe sparked by disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile - have earned almost half a million pounds overtime.
november 2013
Redditch Advertiser: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
THE Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Bromsgrove Advertiser: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
THE Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
ITV News: Universal Credit implementation is 'deeply flawed'
TaxPayers' Alliance political director Jonathan Isaby says the principle of simplifying the benefits system is right but the implementation is "deeply flawed".
november 2013
Stourbridge News: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
THE Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Article
Savings for taxpayers £2.3 billion higher than previous year.

The Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group is making strong progress towards delivering the government’s target of £15 billion of savings for the public purse this financial year, Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude announced today
november 2013
Dudley News: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
THE Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Droitwich Advertiser: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
THE Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Daily Express: Is this the world's most wasteful green idea? Wind turbine produces just £5 energy a month
Blundering officials have been blasted for installing a wind turbine in such a calm area it will take 452 years to generate enough energy to pay for itself.
november 2013
Walsall People: Stamp duty's a real drag, lenders claim
MORTGAGE lenders are urging the Government to overhaul the "perverse and distorting" stamp duty system which is acting as a drag on the housing market recovery.
november 2013
Communications Journal: Grass cutting sheep among saving suggestions for councils
Use sheep and cattle to trim local lawns and shrink top teams to help boost efficiency, town hall leaders have been told.
november 2013
Gloucester Citizen: Lobby group's ideas for council savings: use sheep to graze Cheltenham's green spaces
ight parks and gardens in Cheltenham be grazed by livestock, to save money of cutting the grass?

That’s one idea put forward by lobby group the Taxpayer’s Alliance in a guide to saving money for local councils, called 201 Ways to Save Money in Local Government
november 2013
Southport Visiter: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.

The Universal Credit scheme has been blighted by "alarmingly weak" management, with secretaries allowed to authorise purchase orders worth more than £20 million. In some cases it is unclear what suppliers have been paid for
november 2013
Formby Times: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.

The Universal Credit scheme has been blighted by "alarmingly weak" management, with secretaries allowed to authorise purchase orders worth more than £20 million. In some cases it is unclear what suppliers have been paid for.
november 2013
Wirral News: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.

The Universal Credit scheme has been blighted by "alarmingly weak" management, with secretaries allowed to authorise purchase orders worth more than £20 million. In some cases it is unclear what suppliers have been paid for.
november 2013
Haverhill Echo: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
icSuttoncoldfield - Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Spalding Guardian: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Grantham Journal: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Bourne Local: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Halesowen News: 600 people sign petition for better Worcestershire funding
SIX hundred people have signed a petition calling for better public funding in Worcestershire - with a county MP insisting residents are paying an unfair “rural penalty”.
november 2013
Dudley News: 600 people sign petition for better Worcestershire funding
SIX hundred people have signed a petition calling for better public funding in Worcestershire - with a county MP insisting residents are paying an unfair “rural penalty”
november 2013
Worcester News: 600 people sign petition for better Worcestershire funding
SIX hundred people have signed a petition calling for better public funding in Worcestershire - with a county MP insisting residents are paying an unfair “rural penalty
november 2013
'Replace gardeners with cows' and four other stupid suggestions from the Taxpayers' Alliance
Those fun-loving types at the Taxpayers' alliance have published a new list of 201 ways for local councils to save money.

While there are many sensible suggestions on the list, there are also a fair few idiotic ones.
november 2013
24dash: Sheep, surpluses and Harry Phibbs
You have got to hand it to the Tax Payers Alliance (TPA).They are the Titans of PR
november 2013
Guy Fawkes' blog: Unite’s Beef With the TPA
Guido thought he had herd it all, but the Taxpayers Alliance have raised the steaks with their suggestion of saving money on grass-cutting by using cattle and sheep to graze on council land. Clearly a vealy good way to provide the taxpayer with value. Surprise, surprise then that Unite are milking it, coming out with an udderly ridiculous statement trying to butcher the policy:
november 2013
Yahoo News UK: Angela Eagle MP: Don't just delay the Lobbying Bill; scrap it
Shadow Commons Leader Angela Eagle examines the Government's decision to delay it's controversial Lobbying Bill, likening it to the "disgraceful mess" of the Health Bill.
november 2013
ePolitix.com: Angela Eagle MP: Don't just delay the Lobbying Bill; scrap it
Shadow Commons Leader Angela Eagle examines the Government's decision to delay it's controversial Lobbying Bill, likening it to the "disgraceful mess" of the Health Bill.
november 2013
LocalGov: Taxpayers’ Alliance blasted for ‘wacky’ saving ideas
The Taxpayers’ Alliance 201 ways for councils to save money has been branded as wacky and unrealistic by trade union Unite.
november 2013
The Week UK: Eric Pickles: use sheep as council lawn-mowers
LAWN mowers would be replaced by sheep, staff training cut to a minimum and a word limit imposed on official documents if plans to cut council spending are adopted.
november 2013
The Guardian: MPs may live to regret this rash bid to neuter charities
On Tuesday night, in the last hour of the working day and the final metaphorical hour of their credibility, the government agreed to pause the second part of its lobbying bill. We have many reasons to suspect this "pause", not least its newness.
november 2013
BBC News - Middlesbrough Council criticised over travel expenses
Serious issues" were found in an audit of spending on staff travel by a council preparing to cut up to 1,500 jobs, BBC News has learned.
november 2013
The Independent: Giving the other side: the story behind the asylum seeker's flying lessons that caused fuss in the 'Daily Mail'
The first time Yonas Kebede took the controls of a plane last month, his teacher thought he must have flown one before. The 22-year-old, who had always dreamed of being in the cockpit, did everything instinctively, soaring through the sky and dipping the plane’s wings without flinching.
november 2013
Huffngton Post: MPs Needed Locksmiths For Parliamentary Offices 382 Times In A Year
MPs had to call locksmiths to help them access their Parliamentary offices more than daily over the last year, the Huffington Post UK can reveal.
november 2013
IBTimes UK: Sheep as Council Lawnmowers: TaxPayers Alliance's Top Money-Saving Tips
Using sheep instead of lawnmowers to cut grass on council land and sending children in care to boarding school are among a raft of money-saving suggestions made by a pressure group to help local authorities cut costs.
november 2013
AOL Money UK: Alliance's saving proposals 'wacky'
Suggestions that local authorities could save money by using sheep and cattle to cut grass "trivialised" the damage being done to services by the Government's austerity drive, unions representing over a million council workers have said.
november 2013
Braintree and Witham Times: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Rugby Advertiser: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Community Newsgroup: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million
november 2013
Ealing Times: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Gazette: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.

The Universal Credit scheme has been blighted by "alarmingly weak" management, with secretaries allowed to authorise purchase orders worth more than £20 million. In some cases it is unclear what suppliers have been paid for.
november 2013
Knutsford Guardian: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.

The Universal Credit scheme has been blighted by "alarmingly weak" management, with secretaries allowed to authorise purchase orders worth more than £20 million. In some cases it is unclear what suppliers have been paid for.
november 2013
The Bolton News: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million
november 2013
Lancashire Evening Post: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Yorkshire Post: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Spenborough Guardian: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Richmond and Twickenham Times: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
News Shopper: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Croydon Guardian: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Basildon Recorder: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Halesowen News: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Wandsworth Guardian: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.

The Universal Credit scheme has been blighted by "alarmingly weak" management, with secretaries allowed to authorise purchase orders worth more than £20 million. In some cases it is unclear what suppliers have been paid for.
november 2013
The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.

The Universal Credit scheme has been blighted by "alarmingly weak" management, with secretaries allowed to authorise purchase orders worth more than £20 million. In some cases it is unclear what suppliers have been paid for.
november 2013
Bucks Free Press: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.

The Universal Credit scheme has been blighted by "alarmingly weak" management, with secretaries allowed to authorise purchase orders worth more than £20 million. In some cases it is unclear what suppliers have been paid for.
november 2013
Evesham Journal: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Wirral Globe: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
MSN Money UK: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Uttoxeter News :Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Yorkshire Evening Post: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Warwick Courier: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
London Evening Standard: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Universal Credit scheme has been blighted by "alarmingly weak" management, with secretaries allowed to authorise purchase orders worth more than £20 million. In some cases it is unclear what suppliers have been paid for
november 2013
Warrington Guardian: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.

The Universal Credit scheme has been blighted by "alarmingly weak" management, with secretaries allowed to authorise purchase orders worth more than £20 million. In some cases it is unclear what suppliers have been paid for.
november 2013
Essex County Standard: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Middlewich Guardian: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
The Northern Echo: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Banbury Guardian: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Wigan Today: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
Washington Star: Universal Credit 'has wasted £140m'
The Government's flagship benefit reform has been savaged by MPs for "shocking" failures that have already wasted at least £140 million.
november 2013
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