BUREAUCRACY & THE THIRD SECTOR
There are currently huge levels of financial waste by the government because of the increasingly blurred lines between the public and private sectors. Huge amounts of taxpayers' money is being flung at 'third sector' quangos, while other inventions such as PFI have caused the government to underwrite huge levels of private sector debt for the undertaking of government projects. This has resulted in a huge transfer of wealth from the British public to bankers and private corporations, while the essential functions of the public sector become prohibitively expensive and are neglected. All this is a product of a culture of cronyism and corruption rooted in the development of career politicians which must be challenged from the top down and through a restoration of a clear dividing line between public and private interest.
These contracts, whereby the public underwrites debt taken on by private companies to complete government projects, have built up a tax bill costing hundreds of billions of pounds to repay these irresponsible debts, and now account for a noteworthy proportion of each annual budget. They were first introduced under John Major and exploded since the Blair years - they must now be abolished and financial responsibility restored.
Like PFI, the explosion of qaungos was a product of the Blair government. These private companies combined are given tens of billions each year in public funding, yet may operate for their own profit with hundreds of quango bosses taking home six-figure salaries. We would end this practice by bringing their functions in essential areas (eg defence and food standards) under public control and entirely ceasing state-subsidies for non-essential roles. The small number of historical subsidised 'third sector' organisations which are mostly concerned with cultural/environmental maintenance (eg the Forestry Commission or Trinity House) would be excepted.
Slash Public Sector Bureaucracy and Duplication
In bringing essential functions of what are currently qaungos fully into the public sector, we would merge these hundreds of quangos into a small number of departments standardised across the UK. This would end the duplication of efforts for which quangos have become so notorious, and massively slash numbers of management staff.
Abolish Unnecessary Gov't Departments
We would abolish the Department for Exiting the European Union (we support an immediate exit from the EU through the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972), the Department for International Trade and the Department for International Development (neither of these last two require entire departments, both are notorious for their waste and the latter squanders billions every year on foreign aid).
Public Sector Max Pay Cap of £50,000
We would cap maximum pay in the public sector at £50,000 inclusive of any performance based bonuses. We would end the scandal of public sector bosses behaving like corporate CEOs when they are supposed to be public servants. This would not apply to vocational professionals such as doctors working in the NHS.
Local Authority Max Pay Cap of £40,000
We would cap maximum pay for local government employees at £40,000 inclusive of any performance based bonuses.
Cut MPs Salaries to £50,000
The very generous salaries, expenses and pensions enjoyed by MPs has generated a class of career politicians, many of whom have forgotten they are first and foremost public servants. We would cut MPs salaries to £50,000 and scrap all top-up salaries for additional roles such as ministerial appointments or chairing select committees.
Scrap Parliamentary Expenses
We would abolish almost all parliamentary expenses for members of both houses of parliament. The sole exception would be that for MPs in the Commons, a small annual stipend may be claimed purely for direct travel expenses.
Scrap Needless Tiers of Politicians
Because of our constitutional position to abolish the Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and London assemblies, we would save over one billion pounds over the course of each parliament in politician's salaries and running costs.
Scrap 'Short Money' for Political Parties
Millions are given out every year to parties with elected representatives on the dubious grounds that it helps cover their parliamentary duties. It was never needed before it was first introduced in the 70s, and serves only to prop up establishment parties by handing them public money. It is an affront to democracy, wasteful and must cease.