The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

If you have a problem with a public service, do you know how to complain?

Public services, in many cases, are no longer provided by single monolithic bodies. The range of providers has grown with...

9:07 AM June 18, 2015

Temporary NHS staff earn excessive pay

Barts NHS Trust  is paying £47,000 a month to their temporary Director of Finance, Ian Miller - an annual total of...

2:34 PM June 16, 2015

While the NHS efficiencies in Lord Carter's report are welcome, more fundamental reform is needed

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, stated in the Five Year Forward View that the NHS would face...

Southampton Taxpayers footing the bill for £15m museum

The SeaCity Museum in Southampton, opened in 2012, has seen its visitor numbers halve in the past year.

The Spending Plan has been explained

Yesterday our last 'Spending Plan Explained' post was published...

12:47 PM June 12, 2015

Happy Tax Freedom Day 2015!

Here's a little happiness for your pre-Monday blues

9:00 AM May 31, 2015

The Queens Speech: Our reaction explained

If you missed the Queen's Speech today you can read the full text here. You can find our 

11:08 AM May 28, 2015

Welsh Politicians forced to take a 18.5% pay increase?

The Welsh Assembly’s Remuneration Board has forced a 18.5% pay increase upon members of the devolved government taking the pay...

3:06 PM May 26, 2015

Money spinning speed camera

The astonishing amount of money generated by just one speed camera was recently revealed in Weston, North Somerset. In just...

2:13 PM May 21, 2015

Warnings from the United States

The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s excellent paper, the 'Ten Thousand Commandments' is an annual snapshot of the regulations within the US...

2:43 PM May 13, 2015

Bin tax scrapped

Good news for taxpayers in South Gloucestershire as their new council administration pledges to phase out a controversial...

The new government's clear mandate to cut spending and tax

In the aftermath of last Thursday's surprise election result, the new Conservative government should reflect on the priorities for taxpayers...

2:25 PM May 12, 2015

Post Election Conference line up announced

This afternoon in the immediate aftermath of the General Election, The TaxPayers' Alliance, Business for BritainConservativeHome and the 

1:08 PM May 11, 2015

The NHS Cash Crisis, continued

With just two days to go until the election, the parties are once again focussing on the Health Service -...

3:16 PM May 05, 2015

Ed Balls right to reconsider the Garden Bridge project

Responding to Ed Balls' comments on the Garden Bridge yesterday and the Chancellor's statement that it would be '

The 'Bedroom Tax' is no such thing

Six days to go.

Today Labour will pledge to kill the "bedroom tax" on day one if elected. Ed Miliband...

9:45 AM May 01, 2015

Cornwall Council’s wibbly-wobbly polling booths

Cornwall Council is to be congratulated for trying to save taxpayers’ money during the election campaign - but they have...

3:43 PM April 30, 2015

National insurance hurts the employee, it is time for reform

Employment Allowance allows businesses to reduce its national insurance contributions by up to £2,000 and figures today show that this...

12:35 PM April 30, 2015

Cutting Air Passenger Duty is welcome, but it should be scrapped entirely

There is welcome news for taxpayers today as the changes to Air Passenger Duty announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement...

10:45 AM April 30, 2015

Improving weak productivity and Chris Giles' three tests

The Financial Times economics editor Chris Giles has written an interesting article bemoaning the paucity of attention given to...

8:27 PM April 29, 2015

Taxes can still rise after the election

Have you heard of this magic trick?

Someone puts a ping pong ball under an upside-down mug and then says...

11:06 AM April 29, 2015

We should be talking about poverty, not inequality

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a debate hosted by The Spectator, the motion for which was “Politicians...

11:05 AM April 28, 2015

Network Rail spent £1.3 million on domestic flights

You couldn’t make it up.

10:39 AM April 28, 2015

Smoking out waste in Wales

With the Welsh public sector budget deficit currently at 20% of GDP (compared to around 5% for the UK as a whole),  you would...

2:27 PM April 24, 2015

Devon Council wastes thousands of pounds fighting local traders

Devon residents breathed a sigh of relief as the long and costly battle to reverse the council’s change...

The hidden costs of a Mansion Tax

There is something of a comfortable delusion regarding the proposed ‘Mansion Tax,’ a levy on the highest value properties put...

4:42 PM April 20, 2015

New analysis: Should savings shift from investment to consumption?

All of the major parties have committed to financial restraint in their manifestos and at face value this is welcome.


12:11 PM April 17, 2015

DfID: "A juggernaut out of control"

Shocking news in The Times  (£) this morning, as it is revealed that Britain is paying professional aid staff up...

10:24 AM April 17, 2015

The deficit? What deficit?

We've given them a chance but with 3 weeks to go we have yet to hear about how exactly the...

10:32 AM April 16, 2015

Will a £1.7 billion scheme deliver the goods?

South West commuters are bracing themselves for a summer of disruption as Network Rail proceeds with its £1.7...

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