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Management of the defence estate

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (“the PAC”) has yesterday published its findings on the management of the...

11:56 AM March 23, 2017

TPA responds to the Chancellor's u-turn on National Insurance hike for the self-employed

Responding to the news that the Chancellor has dropped the National Insurance tax hike for the self-employed, John O'Connell, Chief...

2:00 PM March 15, 2017

Local authorities spend nearly £15 million subsidising unions, TPA reveals

Local authorities spend nearly £15 million subsidising unions, TPA reveals

  • 371 local authority staff members who worked for trade...

9:08 AM March 14, 2017

Local Authority Facility Time

Facility time is paid time-off taken by trade union representatives to carry out ‘duties’. It has been the focus of...

1:00 AM March 14, 2017

TaxPayers' Alliance respond to the Spring Budget 2017

Responding to the Budget statement given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance,...

2:10 PM March 08, 2017

Submission to the Treasury Select Committee - February 2017

Our submission to the Treasury Select Committee on the sustainability of the tax base.

Read the submission here


9:45 AM March 02, 2017

£11.6 billion hike in Insurance Premium Tax over the course of this Parliament


  • Insurance Premium Tax has doubled over the last 18 months
  • Three consecutive rises have brought the rate to...

11:42 AM March 01, 2017

'The impact of business rate changes' panel discussion

Last night we hosted a panel discussion on an issue that has dominated the news agenda for the...

4:24 PM February 28, 2017

Big decisions needed on what the state should and shouldn't be doing

Responding to the news that the Government is looking for new spending cuts of up to 6%, John O'Connell, Chief...

11:03 AM February 28, 2017

The business rates revaluation

The recent storm over business rates centres on the upcoming revaluation of commercial properties, which comes into effect on 1st...

12:01 AM February 27, 2017

TaxPayers' Alliance launches briefing note on business rates ahead of the Budget

  • Campaign group says that revaluations should be automated and carried out annually to avoid big, unexpected tax hikes
  • Heathrow...

12:01 AM February 27, 2017

TaxPayers' Alliance calls for immediate sale of RBS shares

Responding to the news that Royal Bank of Scotland has announced its ninth consecutive multi-billion pound loss, Alex Wild, Research...

12:07 PM February 24, 2017

HS2 is a bottomless pit: delivering it 'under budget' might cost taxpayers £90.8 billion

Research by the TaxPayers' Alliance shows government-managed large infrastructure projects have a poor record of being delivered on budget, with...

12:01 AM February 20, 2017

How much could HS2 end up costing taxpayers?

Despite the huge financial risks and recurring records of failure and late delivery, large infrastructure projects are much coveted by...

12:01 AM February 20, 2017

TPA polling shows 84 per cent don't believe HS2 will benefit them personally

As HS2 clears its final hurdle in Parliament on Monday, new polling has discovered that 84 per cent of the...

12:16 PM February 19, 2017

Cardiff raise Council Tax by 3.7%

Council Tax has been a burden on thousands of families throughout Cardiff, with taxpayers from all walks of life seeing...

11:08 AM February 10, 2017

A dedicated 'NHS' tax

Sky News have commissioned a poll that says 2/3 people would be willing to pay more income tax if...

9:34 AM February 09, 2017

Hodge-Bodge: Surrey County Council’s Referendum Farce

Two days ago, I attended Surrey’s County Council’s debate on their proposed Council Tax referendum. According to Council Leader David...

9:10 AM February 09, 2017

Making the taxman work for the taxpayer

To read the research paper, click here

In 2010 the former Chancellor, George Osborne, called the tax system...

2:02 PM February 08, 2017

Making the taxman work for the taxpayer

This is a guest post written for the TaxPayers' Alliance by Dominic Raab MP.

The UK tax code is too...

11:06 AM February 08, 2017

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