The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

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

Hitting families with 6% council tax rise will not solve our social care crisis

Responding to the news that ministers have approved a 6 per cent rise in council tax to fund social care,...

10:35 AM December 14, 2016

Decentralise the tax system to meet future funding challenges

The government is reportedly considering plans to permit English local authorities to increase Council Tax to ease funding pressures on...

2:17 PM December 12, 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

The sugar tax and the public finances

When introducing the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, the then Chancellor, George Osborne, added that the revenues from the tax would...

6:00 AM December 05, 2016

Sugar tax could lead to more Government borrowing or higher taxes on families

  • New research shows that George Osborne's sugar tax not certain to raise the money for sport that has been...

6:00 AM December 05, 2016

Working for the taxman

For most people, buying something means working to pay for it. The more expensive something is, the longer we have...

6:00 AM November 26, 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

Government should have stayed the course and balanced the books, says TaxPayers’ Alliance

  • New forecast means there will have been at least 21 consecutive years of deficits by 2022
  • 13 years after...

2:13 PM November 23, 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

Reforming capital taxes

Taxes on capital income are poorly designed. In particular, the UK corporate tax system is a mess, fundamentally designed for...

6:00 AM November 19, 2016

TaxPayers' Alliance on the sovereign grant

In response to the news that the sovereign grant will temporarily increase:

Harry Davis, Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers'...

1:30 PM November 18, 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 2017.

Calls to slash stamp duty are...

10:00 AM November 17, 2016

TPA renews its call to Stamp Out Stamp Duty

TPA renews its call to Stamp Out Stamp Duty

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Tax Gap: How cracking down on illicit trade could fund a 1p cut in the basic rate of Income Tax

Every year Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) estimates how much tax revenue is lost to the black market. The...

12:01 AM November 14, 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

Welsh Local Authority procurement card spending

­­­­­Government Payment Cards (GPCs) are used in the public sector to purchase a range of goods or services from basic...

6:00 AM November 09, 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

Income tax and national insurance: How much tax do you really pay?

Income tax and national insurance: How much tax do you really pay?

  • Income tax+national insurance means the 20 per...

9:03 AM November 03, 2016

Merging Income Tax and National Insurance

National insurance is a tax on labour. Two taxes, in fact. Running three slightly different income tax systems is a...

6:45 AM November 02, 2016

TPA launches new app: How is your Council doing?

The TaxPayers' Alliance today launches YourTPA, a unique free-to-download App, which allows taxpayers to access local council data on their mobile devices....

12:49 PM November 01, 2016

Scotland's Overspending Problem

Following the EU referendum result, the Scottish government announced that Scottish independence was once again “on the table”. However, most...

12:37 PM November 01, 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

Scottish deficit is twice that of the UK and higher than Greece

Research from TaxPayers' Alliance shows an independent Scotland would have to depend on measures such as the following in order...

1:00 AM October 13, 2016

HS2 is a wasteful vanity project and must be scrapped

Responding to the speech by Chris Grayling where he argues the case for HS2 is stronger than ever,John O'Connell, Chief...

2:41 PM October 12, 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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