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BBC Pay Day Dismay

This morning the BBC released information regarding the salaries of their highest earning employees including the likes of Gary Lineker...

3:58 PM July 19, 2017

BBC is right to publish salaries of its biggest stars

Following the publication of salaries of those earning over £150,000 in the BBC's accounts, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the...

12:25 PM July 19, 2017

New report confirms that aid money is wasted (we told you so)

A report by the National Audit Office released this week has highlighted key deficiencies with our system of distributing...

12:18 PM July 19, 2017

Flop Gun

The recent fiasco over the government’s overpriced acquisition of F-35B Lightning II Joint Combat Fighter is yet more reason for...

4:19 PM July 18, 2017

Leicester Action Day

A very successful day in Leicester. People around the city centre were very responsive and incredibly supportive. It is always...

5:00 PM July 17, 2017

Action Day in Gloucester

Thank you to all our volunteers who came out to Gloucester this Saturday! We talked about council tax increases, Town...

5:00 PM July 10, 2017

Corporation tax vs. public sector pay cap

As debate over the public sector pay cap - not only concerning whether, but how to lift it -...

3:36 PM July 04, 2017

Chancellor right to offer caution on public sector pay

Following Philip Hammond's warning that the government must hold its nerve on public sector pay, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the...

11:07 AM July 04, 2017

HS2 is an ongoing nightmare

Announced in last weeks Queen's Speech was the extension of the current planned route of HS2. As part of the...

11:09 AM June 30, 2017

Government must not abandon prudence with public sector pay

Following from the government's announcement that they will review the public sector pay cap ahead of the Autumn Budget, John O'Connell, Chief...

4:23 PM June 29, 2017

Is our spending on healthcare really below average?

The British Medical Association (BMA) has held its Annual Representative Meeting in Bournemouth today, where it has called for spending...

4:04 PM June 26, 2017

We're hiring a Policy Analyst

Our research team are recruiting.

3:42 PM June 26, 2017

We're hiring an Economist

Our research team are recruiting.

3:35 PM June 26, 2017

We're hiring a Campaign Manager

Our campaigns team are recruiting.

3:31 PM June 26, 2017

Conservative-DUP deal will give taxpayers little confidence that their money is being well spent

Following the government's announcement that they have agreed a "Confidence & Supply Agreement" with the Democratic Unionist Party, Alex Wild, Research Director at...

12:46 PM June 26, 2017

The end of austerity?

In the wake of the 2017 general election, much commentary has focussed on the impact public spending cuts had on...

1:00 AM June 21, 2017

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

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