The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

Osborne's panto an exercise in politics not prudence

Upon entering office, Osborne repealed the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2010 which set a number of sensible deficit reduction targets.

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10:03 AM January 13, 2015

A tale of deficit and the debt - the facts

Politicians won't stop talking about "balancing the books" - but not all of them seem to be quite sure how...

1:39 PM January 12, 2015

Reform quangos - 1/5

Shortly before the last General Election, the TaxPayers’ Alliance produced a manifesto. Here is the latest in our series of posts looking...

9:24 AM January 12, 2015

Drop the 0.7% target for foreign aid spending and focus on results – 0/5

Shortly before the last General Election, the TaxPayers’ Alliance produced a manifesto. Here is the latest in our series of posts looking...

3:21 PM January 09, 2015

Abolish a range of quangos - 2/5

Shortly before the last General Election, the TaxPayers’ Alliance produced a manifesto. Here is the latest in our series of posts looking...

3:47 PM January 08, 2015

The Government accounts paint a depressing picture

Earlier this week, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report makes quite a few recommendations concerning the publication of the

9:19 AM January 08, 2015

Institute clear fiscal rules with expenditure targets - 1/5

Shortly before the last General Election, the TaxPayers’ Alliance produced a manifesto. Here is the latest in our series of posts looking...

3:08 PM January 07, 2015

An NHS bidding war is unsustainable

The NHS is in the news - with the papers undecided about who to blame for delays at Accident and...

2:39 PM January 07, 2015

Council Tax hits the poorest hardest

It always feels as if Council Tax is going up, and research from the Local Government Association out today shows...

4:25 PM January 06, 2015

Cut government advertising spending in half – 4.5/5

Shortly before the last General Election, the TaxPayers’ Alliance produced a manifesto. Here is the latest in our series of posts looking...

12:35 PM January 06, 2015

How does the Coalition Government score on the TPA's 2010 Manifesto?

The General Election campaign has begun, so now is a good time to assess the Coalition Government’s performance against the...

3:55 PM January 05, 2015

New Research: Tax and Benefit Distribution

New analysis by the TaxPayers' Alliance suggests that Britain's tax system is neither progressive nor balanced across different income...

12:01 AM December 22, 2014

Swansea Council to cut Propaganda rag

The familiar sound of a Council magazine hitting the doorstep is an expensive and depressing one. 

12:51 PM December 19, 2014

EU funded airports - does anyone know the collective noun for white elephants?

Yesterday, the EU’s Court of Auditors released a damning report into the use of €460 million taxpayer’s money to...

8:52 AM December 17, 2014

Be fair George, Drop the Duty

As we approach Christmas, many Brits (your author included) will be stocking up with a few bottles to enjoy over...

3:12 PM December 15, 2014

We need to rethink taxpayer-funded grant giving

A BBC Theme Park?

Taxpayers deserve more honesty on fiscal policy

Political parties are talking about the "tough decisions" they'd take to reduce spending. But they're all being very light on...

3:58 PM December 11, 2014

Looking at the numbers behind today's speech by Ed Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband will today criticise Coalition plans to reduce spending over the next Parliament.

10:56 AM December 11, 2014

New World Bank loans to Argentina leave British taxpayers on the hook yet again

Last week we heard some passionate arguments being put forward in the House of Commons on the subject of international...

2:32 PM December 10, 2014

No more fat to trim?

Let’s have a quick look at what we - as a country - are facing at the moment.  National debt...

4:04 PM December 08, 2014

The War on Waste in Tower Hamlets

Last Tuesday the War on Waste came to Tower Hamlets, a borough which has become a byword for bad local...

9:56 AM December 05, 2014

Digging into the detail of the Stamp Duty announcements

Something very curious is stated in the Autumn Statement supporting documents. It is difficult to know exactly what is going...

9:14 AM December 05, 2014

Benefit fraud - the cost of an expensive minority

Today's Stamp Duty announcements

Our Stamp Out Stamp Duty campaign has borne fruit today as the Chancellor scrapped the notorious ‘slab’ rate...

4:29 PM December 03, 2014

Kwasi Kwarteng is right - ringfences are bad policy

The Independent’s front page today features Kwasi Kwarteng MP under the headline “Cameron WILL have to cut NHS spending,”...

9:44 AM December 03, 2014

Autumn Statement: How to lower taxes on the lowest-paid

“No main UK party proposes tax plan to benefit low earners” screamed headlines earlier this week yesterday as the...

4:21 PM December 02, 2014

NHS Spending: The Facts

There was much talk this weekend about an extra £2 billion of funding for the NHS. Healthcare certainly has...

10:01 AM December 02, 2014

Air Passenger Duty relief would be positive but more to do

There has been welcome speculation over the past weeks and days that the campaign, led by Andrew Bridgen MP and...

3:44 PM December 01, 2014

Powerful IEA report urges Chancellor to be bold on tax

The Chancellor should adopt bold measures to simplify our chaotic tax system, according to a powerful new...


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