An arrogant and disgraceful misuse of public money
UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has called for an urgent investigation into the funding of HS2 after the National Audit Office found evidence of unauthorised redundancy payments worth nearly £2 million.
Chief financial officer Steve Allen announced he would be stepping down from his role after the rail project was found to have ignored orders from a Government department to restrict its redundancy scheme to statutory levels.
“This is the latest in a series of troubling stories around the arrogant and disgraceful misuse of taxpayers’ money – and all before a track has even been laid,” said Mrs Seymour, who has long been campaigning for HS2 to be scrapped.
“The National Audit Office’s investigations have raised a number of important questions – why does HS2 consider itself above the law, why are executives being paid such huge sums in the first place, and how can exit packages above the £95,000 civil service compensation scheme limit possibly be justified?”
Mrs Seymour, a West Midlands MEP, based in Telford, has launched a last-ditch bid to halt the HS2 ‘vanity project’ with a hard-hitting video and new petition.
Her film tells tearjerking stories of people’s lives being ruined by the line – alongside some shocking statistics.
“This vanity project is already spiralling out of control, and it will be our children – and their children – who will be paying this debt,” she said.
“When the £111 billion could be spent on our NHS, emergency services, new housing, and social services, why is the priority on a railway we don’t need?”
The ‘HS2 Disaster’ film reveals how it will wreck the lives of families across many parts of the country, from Middlesex through to Warwickshire, Staffordshire, and further north.
A petition has also been launched, calling on transport secretary Chris Grayling to cancel HS2 immediately and cut all of its funding. It already has more than 12,000 signatures
The film reveals shocking statistics about the taxpayer-funded HS2 project, including the estimated cost of more than £400 million a mile, making it the most expensive railway in the world.
It also highlights the fact that dozens of ancient woodlands will be destroyed, and new housing estates bulldozed to make way for the line.
A new ‘HS2 Disaster’ Facebook page has been set up, to help protect these families and the environmental impact of the project.
For more details on the petition, see https://www.change.org/p/chris-grayling-mp-cancel-hs2-immediately-and-cut-all-it-s-funding. To watch the video, see https://youtu.be/LNfcteXOcfM