The Polls and Surveys That Cost the Taxpayer More Than ?1M a Week
Byline: JAMES CHAPMAN
MORE than ?1million a week is being spent on Government focus groups, surveys and opinion polls to find what voters think.
In all, ?55million has been paid out over the past year for a bewildering range of citizens' juries, telephone and internet polls and consumer surveys.
The most expensive project was a survey to ascertain the 'public acceptability' of charging motorists for every mile they drive, which cost the Department of Transport ?566,111.
It was followed by a project to test 'attitudes to climate change', also conducted by the Department for Transport, which cost ?411,500.
The Environment Department spent …
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