The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

Income tax burden increasingly unequal

HMRC has today published figures on income tax liabilities, showing a number of interesting patterns, the most significant of which...

4:03 PM May 31, 2017

TaxPayers' Alliance reacts to the SNP manifesto

Responding to the SNP manifesto, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"Anyone listening to Nicola Sturgeon...

1:24 PM May 30, 2017

TPA Bulletin - 19th May, 2017


4:39 PM May 19, 2017


Phase out agricultural subsidies – a better deal for everyone

Leaving the EU means leaving the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)...

11:15 AM May 18, 2017


Nobody truly knows how much HS2 will cost. The official figure stands at £55.7 billion, but...

10:39 AM May 17, 2017

Debt and Deficit

Contrary to the previous two general elections, debate about the pace and composition of deficit reduction...

10:37 AM May 17, 2017

Tax Burden

Despite some efforts to cut individual taxes, the tax burden is on the rise. Last year...

10:34 AM May 17, 2017


There can be little doubt that the NHS is struggling with rising demand. The system was...

10:29 AM May 17, 2017



Our housing market is broken. But landlords and developers are not the ones to blame...

10:28 AM May 17, 2017


A Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation, or quango, is an organisation that is funded by taxpayers, but is not controlled...

10:27 AM May 17, 2017

International Aid

International Aid

Both Labour and the Conservatives have committed to continuing the current target of spending 0.7 per...

10:26 AM May 17, 2017


Despite much publicity being given to welfare “cuts” made since 2010, UK welfare spending makes up a greater...

10:19 AM May 17, 2017

Public Sector Pay

Since 2010, the government has been largely successful in its attempts to restrain public sector pay. A considerable...

Fiscal Devolution

The UK has one of the most centralised tax systems in the world, with only...

9:52 AM May 17, 2017

5 Moral Reasons for Low Tax

While the economic case for lower taxes is well known, the moral case is rarely made. Here are...

9:51 AM May 17, 2017

5 Examples of Government Waste

1. Thanet Council’s ‘dirty war’

COST: £20,000 in the first year

One Kent local authority’s war on dog poo has...

9:46 AM May 17, 2017

Labour's policies would mean misery for the many and employment for the few

Responding to Labour's manifesto, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

This entire manifesto is based on the...

2:08 PM May 16, 2017

The so-called Robin Hood tax will hit savers, not bankers

It is incredibly naïve to think that ‘the banks’ are something which can simply be raided for resources with no...

4:04 PM May 15, 2017

TPA says Labour's latest tax proposals as "delusional"

Responding to Labour's proposals for increased taxes on financial transactions, Alex Wild, Research Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:


10:26 AM May 15, 2017

TPA says 1970s-style agenda would be a disaster for the country

Reacting to Labour's leaked draft manifesto, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"This manifesto is a toxic mix of nationalisations, interventions and...

9:38 AM May 11, 2017

TPA reacts to the Conservatives' pledge to cap energy prices

Reacting to the Conservatives' proposal to cap energy prices, Alex Wild, Research Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"One of the Prime...

11:01 AM May 09, 2017

TPA response to 'Fixing our broken housing market', the government's housing white paper

The government recently published its major housing white paper, Fixing our broken housing market. The paper concerns the huge problems in...

11:48 AM May 08, 2017

TPA says there are "gaping holes" in Labour's tax plan

Key findings of analysis of Labour's tax proposals:


  • The VAT lock is specified as applying to the standard...

11:05 AM May 07, 2017

The costing and funding of manifesto pledges

The tedious process of rival politicians telling each other that their spending plans are either “uncosted” or “unfunded” kicked into...

3:07 PM May 03, 2017

How vouchers could enhance efficiencies in the delivery of public services.

Nigel Holder is a management consultant, quondam RAF fighter pilot and a supporter of the TaxPayers' Alliance

Just because there is...

2:46 PM May 02, 2017

TaxPayers' Alliance reacts to Labour's plan to reverse cuts to Capital Gains Tax

Reacting to Labour's pledge to reverse cuts to Capital Gains Tax, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"This is yet another example of...

12:20 PM May 01, 2017

TaxPayers' Alliance calls for a promise to cap overall tax burden at 35 per cent of GDP

Reacting to Theresa May refusing to rule out tax rises if the Conservatives win the general election, Dia Chakravarty, Political...

12:06 PM April 30, 2017

A joint letter to the Telegraph - cutting fuel bills

Our Chief Executive, John O'Connell, co-signed a letter with Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Mark Littlewood of...

10:59 AM April 29, 2017

Sadiq Khan right to take taxpayers off hook for Garden Bridge

Sadiq Khan right to take taxpayers off hook for Garden Bridge, says TaxPayers' Alliance

Reacting to Sadiq Khan's...

11:29 AM April 28, 2017

TPA’s proposals adopted by Select Committee

The influential Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee has today endorsed a number of our recommendations in their report...

4:34 PM April 27, 2017

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