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Taxpayer funding of trade unions - The TaxPayers' Alliance

Taxpayer funding of trade unions - The TaxPayers' Alliance

providing training to

providing training to build capacity and leadership amongst vulnerable workers.” 10 Most independent organisations would expect to pay for expanding membership and business development – trade unions receive significant membership subscriptions fees yet they still receive considerable direct funding from Government to help them achieve this. Funding for training should be spent where it is most effective, not through a special fund for trade unions that will push their own agenda. Direct funding from these programmes again frees up funds for political activity. 10 BIS Website 55 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QL � � 0845 330 9554 (office hours) � 07795 084 113 (24 hours) 6

Sources and Methodology This research was compiled using Freedom of Information (FoI) requests. The TaxPayers’ Alliance sent requests to a total of 1,253 public sector organisations, including: � Quangos – all those listed in the TPA’s last quango survey with over 50 members of staff 11 � Government Departments � All UK Councils � NHS Primary Care Trusts � NHS Foundation Trusts � NHS Mental Health Trusts � NHS Ambulance Services � Fire Services FOIs were not sent to Police Forces because police officers are forbidden to strike under UK law. The response rate was extremely high at 96 per cent. In general the responses received were of good quality and the organisations provided useable data for the report. However some organisations are not included in the report, for the reasons outlined in the table below. It also came to our attention that a substantial number of unions requested to see organisation’s FOI responses before the response was sent. One union representative wrote to his colleagues that: Apparently, the Taxpayers Alliance has submitted Freedom of Information requests to all NHS Employing Organisations regarding the cost of trade union facilities. Unite considers that this is part of an attempt to undermine and weaken trade unions taking advantage of the new political climate. […] 11 Farrugia, B and O’Connell, J (2009) ACA to YJB: A guide to the UK's semi-autonomous public bodies, TaxPayers’ Alliance 55 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QL � � 0845 330 9554 (office hours) � 07795 084 113 (24 hours) 7

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