The UK (especially the North East) has been suffering deep and painful cuts to public services for many years now. Just last week Newcastle Council discussed the need to cut an additional £30 million from their budget.
During the recent referendum, when the ‘IN’ campaign wasn’t focusing on spreading the lies of ‘Project Fear’ they kept telling us what great value for money membership of the EU was for British taxpayers. As a member of the EU’s Budget Committee I pay close attention to financial decisions made by EU leaders and even I was stunned to hear the EU announce that they have given the Committee of the Regions (which meets 6 times per year) an extra €31,000 for tea and biscuits – they claimed this was because they had underestimated the required snack budget.
Not only does the EU provide poor value for money for taxpayers, but the unaccountable elites who dominate every level of its structure simply do have any interest in ensuring that money is spent wisely. No expense is ever spared in the search for luxury – EU bureaucrats never face election and can spend freely with no fear of ever having to justify their decisions.
If they are spending significantly more than €31,000 on biscuits for the Committee of the Regions alone, I shudder to think how much wasted money is never accounted for. The sooner the Government activates Article 50 and begins the formal Brexit process, the better.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East