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Get a grip! Civil Service ‘wasting’ taxpayer cash on two-day ‘be kind to yourself’ courses

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Whitehall – often criticised for how it spends public money – reportedly sent staff on the “wellbeing” courses early this month. According to the website Guido Fawkes, a leaked list of activities and events for civil servants from November 3 also included a ‘Beginners Guide to Crystal Healing and Deep Relaxation’.

Other featured events were “reshaping negative thoughts and language into positive affirmations” and “Time to Unmind” which gave participants the “tools, training and exercises to support your mental wellbeing”.

All of this was carried out during work time meaning staff would have been paid.

It comes after Rishi Sunak’s recent budget pushed the tax burden to its highest rate in 70 years.

News of the leak was met with fury by the TaxPayers’ Alliance – which actively campaigns to end Government waste.

Its Chief Executive John O’Connell told Express.co.uk: “Civil servants’ time should be focused on providing high-quality services, not wasted on wellbeing workshops.

“With the highest tax burden in 70 years, hard-pressed taxpayers are crying out for someone to get a grip and cut back this sort of waste.

“These are exactly the kind of right-on rackets that the Government should put a stop to.”

Last month’s budget came after the Government borrowed billions of pounds to keep the economy going through the Covid pandemic.

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This resulted in Mr Sunak opting to raise National Insurance by 1.25 percent from April.

Income tax thresholds will also be frozen so that, as wages rise, people will end up paying more tax.

All of this has increased the UK’s tax burden by £3,000 a year per household, according to analysis by thinktank the Resolution Foundation.

Its Chief Executive Torsten Bell said: “Higher taxes aren’t a surprise, given the UK is combining fiscal conservatism with an ageing society and a slow-growing economy.

“But it is the end of low-tax conservatism, with the tax take rising by £3,000 per household by the middle of this decade.”

A Cabinet Office spokesperson told Guido: “Like most large organisations, the Civil Service runs events aimed at improving the wellbeing of staff.

“We are putting in place additional due diligence to ensure our internal offer to staff is appropriate and value for money.

“The session in question incurred no cost to the taxpayer.”

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