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TPA’s proposals adopted by Select Committee

The influential Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee has today endorsed a number of our recommendations in their report...

4:34 PM April 27, 2017

Inquiry into government accounts - Written evidence

The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee have reported back on their inquiry into government accounts -...

10:00 AM April 27, 2017

What should be in the Conservative manifesto? Alex Wild discusses with CapX.

Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election does not just give her the opportunity to gain a working majority....

10:32 AM April 25, 2017

Theresa May wrong to ring fence foreign aid budget

Responding to Theresa May's announcement that the UK will continue to spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid John O'Connell,...

3:00 PM April 21, 2017

Think twice before pledging to introduce a price cap on energy bills

Election season is now upon us, and one pledge rumoured to be a key feature of the Conservative party manifesto...

3:20 PM April 20, 2017

Should the government scrap its foreign aid commitment?

Bill Gates has hit the headlines today by warning the prime minister not to abandon the government’s 0.7 per cent...

12:59 PM April 20, 2017

There are still too many fat cats on council payrolls

John O'Connell writes for The Times

9:31 AM April 12, 2017

TaxPayers' Alliance reveals 2,314 council staff raked in more than £100,000

TaxPayers' Alliance reveals 2,314 council staff raked in more than £100,000

In 2015-16:

  • At least...

8:59 AM April 11, 2017

Town Hall Rich List 2017

For the tenth consecutive year, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has compiled the most comprehensive list of council employees in the...

6:00 AM April 11, 2017

Why the probate fees rise is a stealth tax


If it looks, sounds, feels and tastes like a tax, then sure enough it is a tax no matter...

12:11 PM April 07, 2017

TPA responds to the damning Hodge review into the Garden Bridge

Responding to the publication of Dame Margaret Hodge’s review into the Garden Bridge, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the...

11:16 AM April 07, 2017

Biomessy: fringe groups hijacking the energy debate

I attended an event in Parliament in December, where an associate fellow from Chatham House was speaking at a debate...

3:03 PM March 31, 2017

Concerns on HS2's conflicts of interest brought to Parliament

With almost everyone’s focus on Brexit yesterday, it could have easily been missed that CH2M, one of HS2’s engineering firms,...

5:24 PM March 30, 2017

TPA reacts to HS2/CH2M conflict of interest contract scrapping

Reacting to the news that CH2M have pulled out of their £170m contract with HS2, Chief Executive of the...

5:00 PM March 29, 2017

Management of the defence estate

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (“the PAC”) has yesterday published its findings on the management of the...

11:56 AM March 23, 2017

TPA responds to the Chancellor's u-turn on National Insurance hike for the self-employed

Responding to the news that the Chancellor has dropped the National Insurance tax hike for the self-employed, John O'Connell, Chief...

2:00 PM March 15, 2017

Local authorities spend nearly £15 million subsidising unions, TPA reveals

Local authorities spend nearly £15 million subsidising unions, TPA reveals

  • 371 local authority staff members who worked for trade...

9:08 AM March 14, 2017

Local Authority Facility Time

Facility time is paid time-off taken by trade union representatives to carry out ‘duties’. It has been the focus of...

1:00 AM March 14, 2017

TaxPayers' Alliance respond to the Spring Budget 2017

Responding to the Budget statement given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance,...

2:10 PM March 08, 2017

Submission to the Treasury Select Committee - February 2017

Our submission to the Treasury Select Committee on the sustainability of the tax base.

Read the submission here


9:45 AM March 02, 2017

£11.6 billion hike in Insurance Premium Tax over the course of this Parliament


  • Insurance Premium Tax has doubled over the last 18 months
  • Three consecutive rises have brought the rate to...

11:42 AM March 01, 2017

'The impact of business rate changes' panel discussion

Last night we hosted a panel discussion on an issue that has dominated the news agenda for the...

4:24 PM February 28, 2017

Big decisions needed on what the state should and shouldn't be doing

Responding to the news that the Government is looking for new spending cuts of up to 6%, John O'Connell, Chief...

11:03 AM February 28, 2017

The business rates revaluation

The recent storm over business rates centres on the upcoming revaluation of commercial properties, which comes into effect on 1st...

12:01 AM February 27, 2017

TaxPayers' Alliance launches briefing note on business rates ahead of the Budget

  • Campaign group says that revaluations should be automated and carried out annually to avoid big, unexpected tax hikes
  • Heathrow...

12:01 AM February 27, 2017

TaxPayers' Alliance calls for immediate sale of RBS shares

Responding to the news that Royal Bank of Scotland has announced its ninth consecutive multi-billion pound loss, Alex Wild, Research...

12:07 PM February 24, 2017

HS2 is a bottomless pit: delivering it 'under budget' might cost taxpayers £90.8 billion

Research by the TaxPayers' Alliance shows government-managed large infrastructure projects have a poor record of being delivered on budget, with...

12:01 AM February 20, 2017

How much could HS2 end up costing taxpayers?

Despite the huge financial risks and recurring records of failure and late delivery, large infrastructure projects are much coveted by...

12:01 AM February 20, 2017

TPA polling shows 84 per cent don't believe HS2 will benefit them personally

As HS2 clears its final hurdle in Parliament on Monday, new polling has discovered that 84 per cent of the...

12:16 PM February 19, 2017

Cardiff raise Council Tax by 3.7%

Council Tax has been a burden on thousands of families throughout Cardiff, with taxpayers from all walks of life seeing...

11:08 AM February 10, 2017

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