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The scandal of our wasted taxes

A shocking dossier from the Liberal Democrats has revealed just some of the ways our taxes are being wasted on extravagant and incompetent projects.

Despite the hardship many local families and residents face, Labour found £130 million to refurbish the Ministry of Justice’s office, £29 million to build accommodation for asylum seekers which was never built, £7 million for chauffeur-driven cars for ministers in just one year – and £50,000 for a party to which only 20 guests were invited!

A massive £13 billion has also been spent on an NHS records system which doesn’t work.

How our money is wasted

* £13 billion on an NHS record system that is a complete failure

* £130 million on refurbishing Ministry of Justice offices

* £81 million on a Department of Transport economy drive that was supposed to save £57 million

* £29 million on accommodation for asylum seekers that was never built

* £265.8 million the amount the government spent on advertising, marketing and public relations in 2007/8, an increase of £197.2 million since 1997-98

* £200 million wasted over the past five years on IT projects that were never completed

* £7 million on chauffeur driven cars for ministers in one year

* £28.78 million in rent for unoccupied houses for soldiers and their families

* £330 million overspent by government departments on their premises

* £4.2 million by the Government’s Qualifications & Curriculum Authority on hotel rooms in an 18 month period

* £50,000 on a party to which only 20 guests were invited

* £2,000 each on image and public speaking training for Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Culture Secretary Andy Burnham

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