The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

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

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

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

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

'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

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

A dedicated 'NHS' tax

Sky News have commissioned a poll that says 2/3 people would be willing to pay more income tax if...

9:34 AM February 09, 2017

Hodge-Bodge: Surrey County Council’s Referendum Farce

Two days ago, I attended Surrey’s County Council’s debate on their proposed Council Tax referendum. According to Council Leader David...

9:10 AM February 09, 2017

Margaret Hodge's book on government waste: 'Called to Account'

Margaret Hodge MP, former Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and vocal critic of government waste, has published a new...

5:43 PM February 01, 2017

Dame Margaret Hodge speaks to the TPA's John O'Connell about her new book

Last night saw our first major event of the year, with Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge MP speaking to John...

11:20 AM January 31, 2017

How should we fund social care?

With the social care system struggling to meet demand, which is only increasing thanks to demographic pressures, a long term...

10:43 AM January 20, 2017

Clause and effect – how to prevent government contracts from going wrong

Rousseau’s Social Contract may have seen man as being everywhere in chains, but many of the state’s contracts with private...

1:52 PM January 17, 2017

Increases in precepts are not the answer

In 15th December last year, the government announced that councils would be allowed to raise the social care precept by...

3:30 PM January 13, 2017

We must all stand up for a free press

The public consultation on the introduction of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act closes on 10th January. Writers...

10:39 AM January 06, 2017

Are rail fares too high?

Rail fares increased this morning, prompting outrage from unions. The average fare will increase by 2.3 per cent with regulated...

3:38 PM January 03, 2017

Whitehall needs to spend more wisely on consultants

From our Thunderer in The Times (Thursday 22 December) - our Chief Executive John O'Connell on the need for...

9:03 AM December 22, 2016

Aid spending needs to be more transparent

The TPA has long criticised aspects of foreign aid spending and particularly the commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of...

4:55 PM December 08, 2016

Further thoughts on the Autumn Statement

Now that we have had some time to drill down into some of the finer points of Philip Hammond’s first...

4:56 PM November 24, 2016

Have we had too much austerity?

A Sky News poll has found that 43 per cent of Britons support “ending austerity and increasing spending”...

10:57 AM November 23, 2016

Launch a War on Waste and simplify taxes

The Chancellor will deliver the Autumn Statement this week. Mr Hammond should use the opportunity to root out waste and...

9:45 AM November 23, 2016

Time to stop tinkering and remove the burden of stamp duty altogether

A copy of our letter to the Telegraph, published on 17 November 2016.

Calls to slash stamp duty are...

10:00 AM November 17, 2016

Liverpool: The most important referendum of our time?

If I were running a council which needed to get its finances in order,...

1:19 PM November 11, 2016

Why pensioners need not lose out from a merger of Income Tax and National Insurance

The treatment of pensioners’ income is often seen as one of the, if not the biggest headache in a merger...

10:48 AM November 03, 2016

Our Local Action Teams are a vital part of what we do

On Wednesday night (26 October) our local team in Hammersmith, which is being coordinated by local resident Mark, held their...

9:11 AM November 01, 2016

The World Health Organization's transparency problem

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance in America released a damning report last week looking at the World Health Organization's (WHO) sub-agency that...

5:17 PM October 28, 2016

Every NHS waste story reiterates the case for reform

This morning’s papers show what we have known for quite a long time: there are serious problems within the health...

10:22 AM October 24, 2016

The BBC should accept the need for transparency and accountability towards licence fee payers

On Wednesday Lord Ashton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport told a Lords debate that BBC...

12:58 PM October 14, 2016

Millions might have been wasted for nothing on Garden Bridge

Today the National Audit Office published its findings from its investigation into the Department for Transport’s grant of £30...

3:38 PM October 11, 2016


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