The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

The aid budget needs greater scrutiny

An Investigation by the BBC has revealed that a charity receiving taxpayers’ money has links to a strange group...

9:52 AM August 03, 2016

BBC pay should be subject to the same rules as other public bodies

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had previously decided that only BBC staff earning over £450,000 should have...

2:38 PM August 02, 2016

Theresa May committed to unfair pension triple lock scheme

The “triple lock” promise – that pensions will always rise by whichever is higher out of inflation, earnings growth or...

5:35 PM August 01, 2016

What's happening at Hinkley?

Today the government was widely expected to sign contracts with French utility giant EDF to build two nuclear reactors at...

11:54 AM July 29, 2016

Parliamentary Committee shows HMRC puts taxpayers’ welfare on the line

A Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report released yesterday has highlighted how the incompetence of HMRC has harmed taxpayers....

9:39 AM July 28, 2016

New controversy around UK Inheritance tax

Earlier today, an article published in the Telegraph highlighted a number of new controversies surrounding the topic UK’s inheritance...

10:58 AM July 26, 2016

NHS Medical Blunder Pot Doubles to £56bn

The NHS faces a compensation time bomb as provisions for hospital clinical negligence claims have almost doubled since last year...

1:31 PM July 25, 2016

Council’s recycling plan turns out to be rubbish

On the 4th July, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council introduced a new £2.4 million recycling service. The vehicles bought would have enabled...

11:09 AM July 22, 2016

Policy Victory: NHS 'ghost patients'

In response to a written question from Valerie Vaz MP in 2013, health minister Norman Lamb revealed that in 2012...

10:49 AM July 20, 2016

When it comes to Trident, value for money is still important

With a vote on the principle of renewal of Trident set to take place in Parliament today, it is essential...

4:46 PM July 18, 2016

Abolition of Departments of BIS and ECC

Prime Minister Theresa May set out her stall yesterday by merging two Whitehall departments into a giant new office that...

1:46 PM July 15, 2016

SSRO's proposals encouraging for taxpayer

In 2014/15, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed new contracts worth £11.5 billion. Of these, £5.4 billion were “single source”...

11:52 AM July 12, 2016

HS2 - do we need a rethink?

4:41 PM July 08, 2016

The Committee on Climate Change has spoken: let us frack

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have this week given a nod, if a cautious one; to plans...

12:42 PM July 08, 2016

Public appointments need strong scrutiny

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) has today published a damning report on the changes to the...

12:55 PM July 07, 2016

Would cutting Corporation Tax further turn the UK into a “tax haven”?

Responding to George Osborne’s plans to cut corporation tax to less than 15 per cent, John McDonnell, the...

10:47 AM July 05, 2016

High-Speed 2 or Medium-Fast 1?

Many doubts have been raised over High-Speed 2 but it may even need to be renamed Medium-Fast 1.

11:16 AM June 30, 2016

What a load of rubbish: Oldham council reduces bin collections

Oldham will be the latest Manchester council to change black bin collections to every 3 weeks, instead of...

11:14 AM June 30, 2016

The Taxpayers' Alliance are heading to Woking

The The TaxPayers' Alliance will be bringing their campaign to Woking on Thursday 21st July.

At 13:00 we'll be leafleting...

10:00 AM June 20, 2016

A truly sad day

Everyone has been shocked by the horrific killing yesterday of Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen in West...

12:52 PM June 17, 2016

NHS pensions are bleeding the taxpayer dry

Our Chief Executive Jonathan Isaby has a piece in The Times today, not on the BHS pension scheme, but on...

11:18 AM June 16, 2016

New Problems With HMRC Revealed

“Callers to a [HMRC’s] tax helpline were kept on hold so long, [hold music] became the UK’s second most streamed...

12:28 PM June 14, 2016

When foreign aid doesn't help

On the same day as the Westminster Hall debate on the 0.7% Foreign Aid target The...

Foreign aid has ceased to be about results

The government usually acts or passes a new law because it has a certain outcome in mind. It might be...

12:20 PM June 13, 2016

Sorry, Prime Minister. There is no such thing as 'government money'

At Prime Ministers’ Questions yesterday, the man himself spoke about something that doesn’t actually exist.

Responding to a question...

1:19 PM June 09, 2016

Members of the Board - Key findings and media

On Monday the TPA published research on quangos and particularly who sits on their boards. These quangos can have...

10:17 AM June 08, 2016

TPA Compendium of EU-related research

As we have previously made clear, the TaxPayers’ Alliance is not campaigning for either side in the impending EU...

4:39 PM June 07, 2016

Throwing caution to the wind: how English onshore turbines are increasing your energy bill

England is simply not windy enough for more turbines. That’s according to RenewableUK chief executive Hugh McNeal, who’s quoted in...

4:04 PM June 06, 2016

Tax Freedom Day 2016

Happy Tax Freedom Day! Today is the first day of the year that you start earning money for yourself! 

1:00 AM June 03, 2016

The cost of silence

The House of Lords plays a crucial role in scrutinising the Government and its legislation – not least because so...

11:16 AM June 02, 2016


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