Treasury officials under fire for authorization £500,000 of taxpayers money be wasted on focus groups and surveys among cost of life crisis.
Deltapoll, independent public consulting firm was selected to carry out out in work with en option to extend the contract for Another year which would take the potential total cost up to £1 million.
Labor said it was “simply mind-boggling” when the department gave the green light. light to “small more than a taxpayer-financed vanity.”
Procurement documents published government show that the contract states that researchers must bear out twice- weekly focus groups and weekly online vote over 12 month period ending in February 2023.
They are should also produce”in-deep reports” on their conclusions, including analysis, on monthly.
A source in the Ministry of Finance insisted on research was policy- focus, not seeking feedback on Rishi Sunak’s personal profile.
Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner said: “At the time Rishi Sunak told the British people he doesn’t have money alleviate cost of life crisis and cutting their electricity bills would be “stupid”, it’s amazing that he ordered half million more of taxpayers money be wasted on private focus groups and opinion polls.
” government obviously has half from a million to spend on spin doctors while Jacob Rees-Mogg threatens to lay off thousands of civil service positions in title of cost-saving, throwing working people once under the bus again.
“On the start of pandemic Ministry of Finance justified its spending on focus groups and surveys as an emergency measure test influence of another policy options but now it’s not enough more than taxpayer funded vanity for a chancellor desperately trying to restore his image.
“He should No need to spend a small luck on focus groups to hear what the British public say to him: they want serious action to help with in cost of life crisis start with Adoption of Work plan for contingency tax on North Sea oil and gas to fund cuts in electricity bills.
While the contract runs until February next year, award the letter indicated that it could be extended for another 12 months.
representative for The Ministry of Finance stated: “The Treasury is conducting regular poll help develop and measure influence and understanding of its policy. All elections are conducted in accordance with the normal tender process, ensuring best value for taxpayers money”.
On Friday it became known that Sunak became first Leading Politician to Become One of Britain’s Wealthiest people.
former hedge fund manager and his Indian heiress wife, Akshata Murthy, were named in rich newspaper “Sunday Times” list as 222nd richest people in United Kingdom, with a combined fortune of £730 million.
This comes days after the chancellor warned consumers that next a few months will be difficult, because cost of life crisis escalates.
Last July Boris Johnson government was accused of “abuse” by taxpayers cash after he showed up public funds were used to vote on opposition politicians.
Documents issued by the Good Law Project, a campaign The organization revealed that questions had been “asked” about Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and London Labor mayor Sadiq Khan.
The documents, which included the emails, said the questions allowed conservatives to assess “credibility” of his own representatives against other political figures.