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BBC Question Time 14th April 2016

Welcome to our BBC Question Time liveblog! We'll be here and on Twitter during the show.

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3:54 PM April 14, 2016

Stoke Gifford Council are charging for Parkrun?

The news that Stoke Gifford Parish Council has decided to charge Parkrun to use a local park for hold its...

2:51 PM April 14, 2016

Tax disclosure sets an unhappy precedent

Our Chief Executive, Jonathan Isaby, has a letter published in The Times this morning. You can find it...

10:10 AM April 12, 2016

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's comments

Yesterday, Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Police, tweeted criticising a report from last...

5:52 PM April 11, 2016

Power mad: How green energy subsidies are going to cost you money

We at the TaxPayers’ Alliance have long been critics of the Government’s green subsidies. Our position has always been the...

4:05 PM April 08, 2016

Is the new junior doctors contract discriminatory?

Junior doctors have commenced their fourth strike over the new contract. The minutiae of this contract have been discussed and...

4:06 PM April 06, 2016

Panama Papers: What can the UK government do?

The leak of millions of documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has reignited a debate over “tax havens”....

12:21 PM April 06, 2016

Stop dragging more people into paying Inheritance tax

They say that only two things are certain: death and taxes, and perhaps the most painful moment for a family...

3:58 PM April 04, 2016

Constitutional Questions of Tax devolution

There are a number of groups and organisations in Wales opposed to the introduction of tax devolution. True Wales has...

1:06 PM April 01, 2016

Council tax hikes aren't necessary

With April comes another hike in council tax. The Telegraph reports that bills are set to rise an average...

Scrap the 0.7 per cent aid target

With so much of government spending ring-fenced there are, inevitably, fewer ways to make the necessary savings in order to...

10:29 AM March 30, 2016

The unintended consequences of the sugar tax

Sugary soft drinks will be taxed in an almost certainly futile bid to improve the nation’s health, that much...

10:37 AM March 24, 2016

We must end the unfairness of ring-fencing

Anyone with even the faintest interest in current affairs could not have failed to notice the surprise resignation of Iain...

11:55 AM March 23, 2016

The Devolution of Tax Raising powers to Wales

As a Unionist I am regularly asked why I support the idea of the Welsh Government having Tax Raising powers....

5:07 PM March 18, 2016

The Taxation of Wales

The story of Welsh devolution has been a rocky one and this year is possible one of the most important...

9:28 AM March 18, 2016

Osborne's savings are too timid and too slow

The overwhelmingly dominant challenge that faced the coalition government was getting spending under control. A weak, sluggish economy could not...

6:45 PM March 16, 2016

Does anyone fancy an EU taxpayer-funded trip to sample some Belgian waffles?

An interesting story grabbed our attention this morning, namely that MEPs have been spending millions of taxpayer pounds...

10:46 AM March 16, 2016

TaxPayers' Alliance campaign in Bournemouth

Last week our team went to Bournemouth for a day of campaigning and meeting local supporters. We started outside of...

5:31 PM March 15, 2016

Listen to the OTS, Mr Osborne. Get cracking on national insurance!

In the summer budget last year, George Osborne asked the Office for Tax Simplification to study the possible alignment of...

2:55 PM March 15, 2016

There's something fishy about the Scottish government's spending on the EU referendum

We at the TaxPayers’ Alliance have been vocal in the last few weeks about the importance of taxpayers’ cash not...

12:15 PM March 04, 2016

Costing £1 billion and 8 years late - will e-Borders ever be delivered?

The running sore that is the e-Borders programme is continuing to cause trouble and is starting to look at...

10:40 AM March 04, 2016

Selling the Green Investment Bank is the right thing to do

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is now accepting initial offers from those interested in buying the

2:26 PM March 03, 2016

Responding to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information

In July 2015, the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information was asked to look into the operation of...

12:41 PM March 02, 2016

The Scottish Government should exercise restraint with its new welfare powers

Yesterday the Scottish Government started debating whether it should use its new powers to increase the welfare bill. We think...

11:35 AM March 02, 2016

Social media spending should not be a priority

Today The Sun wrote up a little bit of research undertaken by the TPA on social media spending by...

12:18 PM February 29, 2016

Junior doctors are going on strike: blame the NHS model

Junior doctors are going on strike again. The three planned walkouts are even more futile than the previous two now...

4:21 PM February 24, 2016

The NAO says departments need better scrutiny

With the delivery of major projects like HS2 underway, it is vital that value for money is considered at every...

11:31 AM February 23, 2016

The TPA and the EU Referendum

Given the upcoming national referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union, an increasing number of journalists and...

12:59 PM February 19, 2016

The lower cost of government borrowing isn't strictly positive

The Times front page has a story about a windfall coming to George Osborne (£) in the next budget due...

5:00 AM February 17, 2016

Further proof of NHS waste

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has done research on waste in the NHS recently including poor energy and water and

10:55 AM February 05, 2016


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