The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

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

Think Tent 2016 at Conservative Party Conference

Heading to Conservative Party Conference this year? Join us, alongside the IEA and the Free Enterprise Group, at our Think...

2:56 PM September 29, 2016

The Greater London Authority should reconsider the Garden Bridge scheme

Today the Mayor of London announced a formal inquiry into the controversial Garden Bridge, which requires £60m of taxpayer’s...

2:08 PM September 22, 2016

A debate on the United Kingdom's approach to foreign aid - BBC Radio 4

Yesterday I debated the United Kingdom's approach to foreign aid on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme against Sir Desmond...

5:12 PM September 15, 2016

New Commons report shows the need to scrap HS2

Yesterday the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts published the latest report on the preparations for the High...

The rewards-for-failure culture persists in the NHS and must be stamped out

Reacting to the story that Katrina Percy is to be moved into a new job, with less responsibility,...

12:02 PM September 08, 2016

Grassroots campaigning - sign up today

 

The recent EU referendum was a seismic event for several reasons. Importantly, it proved that a genuine...

12:05 PM September 06, 2016

People are NOT happy to pay more taxes

Politicians on the left often talk about how happy people are to pay taxes. Half of voters have...

12:22 PM September 02, 2016

A lot remains to be done to cut waste in the NHS

Further spending reduction plans in the NHS have been reported today as NHS England, which needs to find £22bn...

2:00 PM August 26, 2016

It is time for a proper debate about the future of our NHS

For some, the National Health Service is more than just a healthcare system - it is a sacred cow moulded...

10:50 AM August 23, 2016

TaxPayers’ Alliance announces changes as it launches major grassroots initiative

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) is today announcing that Jonathan Isaby, the TPA’s serving Chief Executive, is leaving to take up...

10:01 AM August 18, 2016

Onwards and downwards: why we should be optimistic about fracking

Last week a new government initiative, the Shale Wealth Fund, was announced in a bid to get fracking...

4:24 PM August 15, 2016


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