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The Manx school holiday hunger costings calculator

Extending free school meals (FSMs) to vouchers during holiday periods would likely cost under £400,000, plus administration costs, according to new calculations published by the Manx TaxPayers’ Alliance. “Providing a safety net for families in need is one of the highest and best uses of taxpayer money,” said Michael Josem of the Manx TaxPayers’ Alliance. […]

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Manx inflation continues to surge

The just-released inflation report for June 2021 shows that consumer prices are continuing to put big pressures on Manx household budgets. “Annualised inflation remains well above 3% for the second consecutive month, and has increased from 3.5% in May to 3.7% in June. While there is some chance that this is merely a transitional spike […]

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Citizens’ Forum on Climate Change fails to register conflicts of interest

The Isle of Man Government has failed to document the conflicts of interests of the participants of the Citizens’ Forum on Climate Change, according to new records obtained by the Manx TaxPayers’ Alliance. The Government revealed that none of the Forum members have been asked to declare conflicts of interest, despite an admission by the Government that many of the stakeholders “have a vested interest in the area”.

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Manx Care to spend £170,000 on advertising this year

The Isle of Man Government’s new health service, Manx Care, has budgeted to spend £170,000 on advertising in its first year of operation, according to new records obtained by the Manx TaxPayers’ Alliance under Freedom of Information Act protections. The £170,000 includes advertising on social media outlets such as Facebook, and also legacy media outlets, […]