The latest report from the Taxpayers Alliance just confirms how out-of-touch the political classes are says UKIP.

The fact that the EU believes that spending nearly £76,000 on sending bureaucrats to a conference in Aruba is acceptable just beggars-belief adds the EU sceptic party.

It then goes on to say that it is the only major party in the UK that seeks to reduce public spending on overseas development to affordable and sustainable levels, something overwhelmingly supported, it says, by the British people.

The report by the Taxpayers Alliance shows how UK funded EU projects spent huge sums of money on things such as:

• €245,837 (£173,364) on the Nafasi Arts Space in Dar Es Salaam, which among other initiatives ran a course called "Chap Chap Plastic" inviting local people to join artists and learn "how to make art from plastic bags"

• €215,972 (£152,293) on Fit for Life, a programme which includes weekly trapeze, acrobatics, and juggling lessons in Tanzania

• €184,975 (£130,435) to support the "media and communications" work of the EU in Jamaica

Nathan Gill MEP, UKIP International Development Spokesman said:

"This report illustrates just how out-of-touch the political elite really are with the people they are supposed to represent. The British government should be protecting taxpayers and seeking to reduce the burden on them, but instead they consider it a priority to pass a law making it obligatory for future governments to give away nearly £1billion every month of borrowed money.

Falling money - FreeFoto.com"Meanwhile, those charged with spending much of this money on our behalf carry on unchecked, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the UK has one of the largest deficits in the Western world. The political establishment has mortgaged this country to the hilt and are busy thinking up ways to max out our nation's credit cards too; only UKIP would get a grip on this out-of-control spending.

"UKIP would support a policy that ensured the UK could continue to meet its long-term commitment to providing support for essential programmes, including clean water, sanitation and vaccination projects while ensuring the deficit is reduced. Our proposal to reduce the aid budget by approximately 75% is a sustainable and credible way of achieving these two aims.

"In terms of what we give the EU to give away on our behalf: only UKIP would cut that payment to zero. And UKIP wouldn’t allow a single penny of taxpayer’s money to be spent on the sorts of frivolous projects identified by the Taxpayers Alliance and certainly wouldn’t spend over £350,000 on a project glorifying dictator, Robert Mugabe, in Africa."

Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"This is a perfect storm of government waste and European inefficiency. Too many of the projects funded through the EDF neither deliver value for money for taxpayers nor deliver sustainable development in the places that need it most. Enough is enough.

"The UK Government must reconsider its support of this programme, as clearly too much money is simply being wasted. Even more worrying is the lack of transparency. It is totally unacceptable for the Commission to simply write off spending as "confidential," making it almost impossible to monitor whether British taxpayers' money is being spent properly."

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