Britain wastes £140bn a year

Julian Harris
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THE BRITISH government is wasting up to £140bn every year by being less efficient than state services in peer countries, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) will argue today.

The equivalent of £5,000 per family could be saved if Whitehall matched the efficiency levels of governments in Switzerland, Australia, the US and Japan, it says.

Despite education spending being hiked by 70 per cent in real terms between 1997 and 2010, “the UK has slipped an average of 11 places down the league tables,” the report states as one example.

“We’re paying benefits costing nearly £5bn annually for those on incomes over £100,000,” it adds.