Britain faces a cost of living catastrophe, with impending tax hikes, soaring prices and stagnating real wages.
Households face a £1,200 hit from April when a National Insurance increase and personal income tax abatement freeze come into effect.
Soaring inflation and a new, higher cap on energy bills will add to what the Resolution Foundation think tank calls “the year of the squeeze”.
But there are plenty of ways the government and Chancellor Rishi Sunak can cut unnecessary spending to ease the pain of hard-working taxpayers.
Here, we explore some expenses that are just waiting to be cut.
LAST year departments spent more than £14.2million on hire cars for staff.
The Ministry of Defense spent the most, ‘wasting’ almost £13million on cars, followed by the Ministry of Transport, which spent £1.1million.
Shadow Defense Secretary John Healey said: ‘There is so much waste in MoD budgets and ministers have no control over the issues.
Cars with driver
THE government spent more than £570,000 transporting ministerial documents and briefcases around Whitehall in eight chauffeur-driven cars in 2019/20, the HuffPost UK website revealed last March.
Minister Michael Gove’s ex-wife, columnist Sarah Vine, joked in 2010 that her husband’s papers were moved around in “air-conditioned splendor” while he rode public transport.
TAXPAYERS have handed over £45,776 to Scottish Government photographers ahead of the 2016 and 2021 elections.
The Tories said Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon had questions to answer.
Scots Tory Chief Whip Stephen Kerr said: ‘It is unacceptable that public money is wasted on glitzy pre-election photo ops for ministers when it should be coming out of SNP coffers.
MORE than 18,000 Channel migrants are in hotels across the country, with costs ranging from £22 to £125 a night.
Some municipalities refuse to use their housing stock to accommodate asylum seekers, while others have no more space.
For two days in November, Border Force officers at Dover spent more than £7,000 on around 700 expensive Domino’s pizzas to feed migrants.
DEFENSE chiefs have squandered £13billion in 11 years, enough to replace nearly all of the Royal Navy’s warships, including 13 frigates, six destroyers and an aircraft carrier.
Around £5.7billion was spent on project overruns, £4.8billion on canceled contracts and £2.6billion on kit write-offs, including questionable earplugs that were deemed “unsuitable for operations”.
Ministry of Justice
THE Department of Justice ‘wasted’ £160million last year, according to a recent Labor Party inquiry.
The losses stemmed from failed projects, breach of contract charges and a botched case management system for court staff.
Annual accounts show the losses were driven by a £98.2million outlay to develop an electronic tagging system which the Prison and Probation Service later abandoned.
The plane used by Boris Johnson for international travel has been refurbished at a cost of £900,000. Downing Street said the 2020 ‘rebranding’ represented ‘good value for money’ and that all the work had been done in the UK.
Last March, the government leased a second aircraft, a six-month-old Airbus A321.
It has been repainted in a “Global Britain” livery and will be used on trips to Europe and the United States.
DOWNING Street abandoned plans to launch new press conferences last April – after spending £2.6million on a venue to host them, at 9 Downing Street.
The facilities will now be used by the PM and officials. Labour’s Angela Rayner said: ‘Instead of wasting millions of taxpayers’ money on a pointless vanity project, the Prime Minister should have used the money to give NHS heroes a pay rise.’