From the BBC:
The blogger Mark Wadsworth, who often posts about 'fakecharities', supposedly independent bodies who receive most of their funding from the UK government to churn out press releases to make it look as if there were some sort of scientific basis or popular support for whatever crap the UK government came up with in the first place, says the fakecharity Sustain consumes more than £2 million of taxpayers' money a year.
Adding a 20p tax for every baseless lie such people pump out would raise more than £1.1bn.
Unlike Sustain, Mark Wadsworth does not receive about £2 million a year from the following:
BBC Wildlife Fund
Big Lottery Fund - Changing Spaces programme
Big Lottery Local Food Fund (various)
British Heart Foundation
Campaign to Protect Rural England
City Bridge Trust -
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
European Commission (via Defra's Rural Payments Agency)
European Fisheries Fund
Friends of.The Regent's Park ' .
Garfield Weston Foundation
Greater London Authority (various)
Interreg IVB NWE (European Regional Development Fund)
John Ellerman Foundation
Kenneth Miller Trust
Network for Social Change
PoldeiT-Puckham Charitable Foundation
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Social Action Fund (The Social Investment Business Limited)
Tides Foundation (Patagonia Environmental Grants programme)
"See page 8 of their last submitted accounts if you think I'm joking," added Mark Wadsworth.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
From the BBC:
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