New figures, just out, show that trades unions received £113 million of funding from taxpayers in 2010-11. This came via direct payments from Councils and other local authorities. These new figures from the Taxpayers Alliance don’t include paying the wages of trades union officials, cash payments which effectively give a public subsidy from Labour Councils to the Labour Party (since the lack of need to pay wages then frees up unions to give large donations to the Labour Party). To take a local Labour example, putting both sets of subsidies together for Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke taxpayers are currently subsiding trades unions to the tune of around £300,000 each year.