The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

Department for Transport’s economics go off-track

Today saw the publication of a quietly damning National Audit Office report into the ability, or lack thereof, of the Department...

5:06 PM October 29, 2014

TPA research raised at Prime Minister’s Questions

Henry Smith MP raised recent TaxPayers’ Alliance research, undertaken by Harry Phibbs, at Prime Minister’s Questions today in the House of...

5:06 PM October 29, 2014

Time for honesty in our tax system

The Times’ Philip Webster’s “Red Box” email briefing this morning carried some interesting polling in light of calls for more...

5:06 PM October 27, 2014

The time is now for Real Recall

Other than perhaps estate agents or bankers, it’s hard to think of a group of people more unpopular than Britain’s...

5:06 PM October 27, 2014

Mapping a smarter deficit reduction strategy

New Office for National Statistics figures published this week have shown that the Government is on course to fail to...

The NHS has enough money. It needs to spend it better

“NHS needs extra cash and overhaul” scream the headlines today, with NHS England boss Simon Stevens making the case for...

9:07 AM October 23, 2014

Flight tax fury shows how painful it is

Just weeks after the TaxPayers’ Alliance campaigned against Air Passenger Duty (APD) at Bristol Airport, the unpopular tax on holidaymakers has...

4:49 PM October 22, 2014

High drama at the Arts Council for Wales

The BBC has reported upon the cuts being made to the Arts Council for Wales (ACW) in a recent article. The...

4:49 PM October 22, 2014

Nine Mansion Tax questions for Ed Balls

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls wrote in today’s Evening Standard about his alarming Mansion Tax plan. So, Mr Balls, can you answer these...

4:49 PM October 20, 2014

Our tax code is too complicated – of course there’s a tax gap

News broke this week from The Treasury that the “tax gap” between what is owed to HMRC and what is actually...

5:19 PM October 17, 2014

Special Responsibility Allowances in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

This report highlights payments made in Special Responsibility Allowances (SRA) to councillors in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. SRA are taxpayer-funded allowances...

12:30 PM October 16, 2014

TPA Annual Review 2013 – 2014

After another successful year, it’s time once again for our Annual Review. In our tenth year, we’re trying a new...

10:04 AM October 16, 2014

First-class expenses at Plymouth University

While students are forced to take part-time jobs to help pay their way through university, some of the top staff...

10:04 AM October 15, 2014

The truth about NHS pay – where is the money going?

Yesterday’s strikes by NHS workers elicited strong responses from patients, NHS workers and politicians. Nurses and midwives were understandably put...

10:04 AM October 14, 2014

Why Australia’s Treasurer isn’t sure whether Corporation Tax will still exist in 20 years time

 Will Company Tax still exist in 20 or 30 years' time? Good question. I don't know. But I'd like...

9:42 AM October 14, 2014

New research reveals foreign aid failing to increase freedom in developing world

  • Extensive data study over the past ten years finds that foreign aid spending has no bearing on the freedom of...

10:03 AM October 13, 2014

Abolish National Insurance says the Centre for Policy Studies

A new report from the Centre for Policy Studies has called for National Insurance to be abolished. The report, NICs:...

Costly Consultants Causing Concern in Plymouth

Strange goings on in Plymouth with the City Council paying out £10,000 a day to costly temporary managers in order to...

3:36 PM October 10, 2014

HMRC’s latest blunder discussed on ITV News

It was revealed this week that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have – again – managed to get millions of...

Why hiking Capital Gains Tax is a bad idea

The Liberal Democrats have proposed an increase in Capital Gains Tax (CGT), currently charged at 28 per cent for higher...

3:28 PM October 08, 2014

Fix the public finances before promising to spend more taxpayers’ money

Norman Lamb MP – the Liberal Democrat Minister for Care and Older People – gave a very interesting speech at...

3:19 PM October 07, 2014

COMMENT: David Cameron’s tax cuts: what will the impact be?

wrote for the Telegraph on the implications of the Prime Minster’s tax announcement at the Conservatives’ conference in Birmingham:

3:57 PM October 03, 2014

ThinkTent a roaring success

The place to be at this Conservative Party Conference certainly wasn’t the Main Hall.

3:58 PM October 02, 2014

Cameron’s was a “positive speech for taxpayers”

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech at Conservative Party Conference and the announcement of two major taxation policies, Jonathan Isaby,...

3:58 PM October 01, 2014

Our reaction to the Chancellor’s speech: Much more must be done

Responding to the Chancellor’s speech at Conservative Party Conference, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

3:58 PM September 29, 2014

Some good, and some bad, from UKIP’s Party Conference

UKIP today announced a number of new policies, the details of which can be found here. Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of...

5:12 PM September 26, 2014

A Mansion Tax is a very bad idea

And here’s why:

5:13 PM September 23, 2014

Ed Miliband’s new taxes are “lazy and dangerous”

Responding to Labour’s plans to introduce a number of taxes and increase spending on the National Health Service, Jonathan Isaby,...

5:13 PM September 23, 2014

Tim Newark speaks to Exeter students during Freshers’ Week

Students dressed as pirates, cartoon characters and much more besides wandering along the streets of Exeter — it had to...

5:13 PM September 22, 2014

As Scotland votes no, we demand change to the Barnett Formula

  • Scots receive over £1,600 per person more in public spending
  • Lord Barnett, the former minister who devised the formula, called...

9:07 AM September 19, 2014

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