Stonewall paid £1m by taxpayers for its advice

Aug 9, 2021 by

by Dominic Kennedy, The Times:

Hundreds of publicly funded bodies have been paying the LGBT group Stonewall a total of £1 million a year in taxpayers’ money for diversity advice, a report says.

Most of the money has gone straight to the Diversity Champions scheme, which has been criticised for its stance on transgender rights.

Public spending campaigners claim that the payments amount to taxpayer-funded support for a lobby group. They are demanding an end to the scheme.

The total public spend on Stonewall diversity advice, compiled by the TaxPayers’ Alliance, comes at a sensitive time and Whitehall has sent mixed signals on whether the government should continue supporting the group.

Between 2018-19 and 2020-21 some £3 million was paid by 327 publicly funded bodies.

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Read also: Taxpayers should not be funding the diversity industry by James Roberts, The Times (£):

Equality, diversity and inclusion is a booming business. Firms fall over themselves to display their virtuosity online while hiring expensive consultants to tell their own staff they are bad people.

Unfortunately, the phenomenon also costs taxpayers a pretty penny. The TaxPayers’ Alliance has found that the LGBT charity Stonewall’s controversial Diversity Champions scheme cost public bodies over £1 million a year, which saw them pay for guidance on issues such as gender-neutral spaces, pronouns and transgender inclusion. At least 327 bodies were signed up. This is on top of myriad other programmes that taxpayer-funded organisations have been engaged in, such as unconscious bias training.

More than two thirds of universities were signed up to Diversity Champions, alongside 58 health bodies and most Whitehall departments.

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Read also: Your money funds the Stonewall propaganda machine by Danielle Boxall, TCW

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