The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

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

Progress on Local Government Devolution

Yesterday the Communities and Local Government Committee published its report into the state of local government devolution.

The outlook...

1:33 PM February 04, 2016

Better public sector estate use is good news for taxpayers

The latest State of the Estate report shows that the government estate has been reduced by 2.4 million m2...

12:16 PM February 04, 2016

More concerns about IPSA

We have long had our concerns about whether IPSA – the quango charged with setting and administering MPs’ pay, pensions...

2:29 PM January 27, 2016

Sun comment: The reforms we need to fix our broken tax system

I wrote about tax reform for this morning's Sun (p.4). Below is the full version of the comment piece. It...

10:17 AM January 26, 2016

Do you know your horseplay from your hijinks?

While putting together the figures for 'Compensation claims made by local authorities' we started coming across some odd figures....

5:15 PM January 21, 2016

What is the future of steel production in the UK?

Tata Steel is back in the news again but the circumstances haven't changed.

The British steel industry is still in...

2:31 PM January 19, 2016

On today's junior doctor strike

Doctors are quite possibly the worst group of people the government can get into a dispute with. At an Institute...

11:28 AM January 12, 2016

Changes to trade union law are long overdue

This afternoon is the Second Reading of the Trade Union Bill in the House of Lords. The Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA)...

1:33 PM January 11, 2016

Management of Disability Assessment Contracts

This morning the National Audit Office released its report into the Department for Work and Pensions' management of health...

1:49 PM January 08, 2016

FOI extension should not be a sop for other restrictions

The last few months have been worrying for those who believe in greater transparency and openness in government. The...

10:10 AM January 08, 2016

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