The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

The case of Manston Airport: why government should not attempt to pick winners

The TPA has long been concerned about the amount of taxpayer money spent involved in Manston Airport – an ex-RAF...

9:01 AM March 31, 2015

The TaxPayers' Alliance at Liberty League's Freedom Forum

This weekend, the TPA took part in Liberty League's Freedom Forum, the UK's largest gathering of pro-liberty students and...

12:00 PM March 30, 2015

The TaxPayers' Alliance launch Generation Screwed

It was a busy weekend for the TaxPayers' Alliance as, on Saturday, we launched our new campaign: Generation Screwed.

9:48 AM March 30, 2015

Government Mission Creep Continues as Innovate UK Grants Reach £3.5 Billion

Transparency data shows that Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) has offered grants totalling over £3.5 billion of...

12:01 PM March 27, 2015

Tax evasion made easier by reliefs, says report

We've been saying for years that the UK's tax code is baffling complex - and that the legion of reliefs,...

10:01 AM March 27, 2015

The TaxPayers' Alliance call on Welsh Councils to reduce Council Tax

Earlier this week, the TaxPayers’ Alliance toured North Wales as part of our campaign against extortionate rises in Council Tax....

3:35 PM March 24, 2015

Cabinet office savings have set a high benchmark

A Cabinet Office report, The State of the Estate, shows that £1.4 billion of savings have been made from a...

3:10 PM March 24, 2015

“Avastin vs Lucentis” – How the NHS pays over the odds for drugs

Radio 4’s Inside Health this week covered the story of two drugs, Avastin and Lucentis. This may seem like an...

3:46 PM March 19, 2015

DfID shows that throwing money at a problem doesn’t work

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s (ICAI) review of DfID’s security and justice (S&J) programmes is damning. Overall it grades...

10:33 AM March 17, 2015

A £700 million health tourism gap is a burden the NHS can ill afford

Several newspapers have reported that the ‘health tourism gap’ was almost £700 million in 2013-14. This is the difference between...

12:54 PM March 16, 2015

We must talk about how to fund healthcare

The Times carries an excellent leader column (£) today. The paper rightly says that we need an honest debate...

5:55 PM March 14, 2015

Council Tax increases or just plain robbery?

Most Welsh Taxpayers, I'm sorry to say, will have their already heavy tax burden increased again this year.

Councils throughout...

9:59 AM March 12, 2015

Students ‘screwed’ by national debt

Students gathered at the Forum on the campus of the University of Exeter to hear TPA Chief Executive Jonathan Isaby...

9:47 AM March 12, 2015

Drop the Duty!

Ahhhh, Friday.

9:45 AM March 06, 2015

Time for more accountability

Today’s newspapers do not make pleasant reading for anybody.

5:17 PM March 04, 2015

The miraculous Bank Levy

The Liberal Democrats have announced another tax increase with a predictable target – banks.

12:08 PM March 02, 2015

It's time to switch off the Licence Fee

The Licence Fee “is becoming harder and harder to justify and sustain.”

8:30 AM February 27, 2015

Milton Keynes Council hikes rates while still funding trade unions

Last night, Milton Keynes council voted to hike bills by 1.95 per cent, just under the 2 per cent limit...

5:29 PM February 26, 2015

Renewable energy project condemned as "appalling value for money"

An energy-generating tidal lagoon has been condemned as “appalling value for money” by Citizen’s Advice. The project is said...

5:12 PM February 25, 2015

What you really pay on the 20p rate of tax

We need to talk about tax.

9:11 AM February 25, 2015

Jonathan Isaby writes for Conservative Home: Why every taxpayer should oppose plain packaging for cigarettes

Our Chief Executive, Jonathan Isaby, wrote for Conservative Home today, explaining why all taxpayers should oppose plain packaging for cigarettes.

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4:36 PM February 17, 2015

Where is the Rose Review?

Cast your mind back to this time last year, and you may remember the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announcing with...

10:24 AM February 17, 2015

The TaxPayers’ Alliance need your help

We at the TaxPayers’ Alliance keep a close eye on what local councils do with your money and on how...

4:41 PM February 16, 2015

Could driverless cars make HS2 obsolete before it's even built?

12:02 PM February 11, 2015

More waste in the NHS

It beggars belief.

4:44 PM February 10, 2015

An Italian Lift to Nowhere

Today the Daily Express reported that £1.5 million of EU taxpayers’ money was spent on a lift for the tiny...

2:56 PM February 10, 2015

Margaret Hodge gets it right, mostly

After Rachel Reeves’ bizarre assertion yesterday that the government was going to pay for a policy, it was refreshing...

11:10 AM February 10, 2015

Councils should do what they can to reduce the burden on local taxpayers

Campaigning Guides: How to run a street stall

The stalwart of campaigning is the good, old-fashioned street stall – but what do you need to bring and how...

10:42 AM February 10, 2015

Campaigning Guides: What's the law around leafleting?

Anyone who holds street stalls and leaflets will know that it is only a matter of time before some officious...

4:26 PM February 09, 2015


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