The Treasury has been criticized for agreeing to spend £500k on focus groups and polls.

Treasury presidents have been criticized for authorizing the use of £500,000 of taxpayer money for focus groups and opinion polls amid a cost of living crisis.

Deltapoll, an independent public opinion consulting firm, was chosen to work with an option to extend a contract for another year with a potential total cost of £1 million.

The Department of Labor said it was “simply shocking” that the department gave approval to a “taxpayer-assisted vanity event.”

According to a government-issued procurement document, the contract states that the researchers will hold a twice-weekly focus group and weekly online voting for 12 months through February 2023.

They are also required to create an “in-depth report” on a monthly basis on their findings, including analysis.

Treasury sources argued that the study focused on policy rather than seeking feedback on Rishi Sunak’s personal profile.

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “It is simply shocking when Rishi Sunak said that the British people don’t have the money to alleviate the cost of living crisis and that cutting energy costs would be ‘silly’. He ordered an additional $500,000 of taxpayer money to be used for personal focus groups and polls.

“The government is clearly spending $500,000 on Doctor Spin, while Jacob Rees-Mogg has once again thrown workers under the bus, threatening to slaughter thousands of civil servant jobs in the name of cost savings.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, the Treasury justified spending on focus groups and polls as a contingency measure to test the impact of various policy options, but now it is nothing more than an exercise in taxpayer-funded vanity for an award desperate to recover. image.

“He doesn’t need to spend a little money on a focus group to hear the British public talk to him. They want serious action to help with the cost of living crisis, starting with the adoption of Labor’s plan for a windfall on the North Sea. Energy costs We use oil and gas for savings.”

The contract period is until February next year, but the contract states that it can be extended for another 12 months.

“The Ministry of Finance conducts regular surveys to help develop and measure policy impact and understanding,” a Treasury spokesperson said. “All votes go through a normal bidding process to provide the best value to taxpayers.”

On Friday, Sunak turned out to be the first front-line politician to be named one of Britain’s wealthiest people.

A former hedge fund manager and his Indian heiress wife Akshata Murty were placed on the Sunday Times list of wealthiest people in the UK as the 222nd richest person in the UK with a fortune of £730 million.

It comes days after the prime minister warned consumers that “the next few months will be tough” as the cost of living crisis deepens.

Last July, the Boris Johnson administration was accused of “misusing” taxpayer cash after it was revealed that public money was used to conduct opinion polls of opposition politicians.

Documents released by campaign organization Good Law Project said there were “questions” about Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and Labor mayor Sadiq Khan.

The document containing the email said the Conservatives had questions to assess the “trustworthiness” of their spokespersons to other politicians.

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