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The Times is right: we cannot afford to scale back spending reductions

Today's Times editorial says that George Osborne must continue to reduce spending. This is particularly urgent given yesterday's awful...

Public sector pay outstrips private sector

The latest ONS statistics of Hours and Earnings show that public sector pay has grown faster than pay in...

10:36 AM November 19, 2015

Ministers act on our Public Sector Rich List

Following the publication last week of our most comprehensive ever Public Sector Rich List, it is clear that our landmark research...

4:25 PM November 16, 2015

The Public Sector Rich List media roundup

We have had some great coverage of our Public Sector Rich List so here are some of the highlights:

We...

2:13 PM November 13, 2015

Zac Goldsmith calls for the tube to be classed as an 'important public service'

On Monday Zac Goldsmith called for Transport for London to be classified as an 'important public service' so that 40...

5:20 PM November 11, 2015

Public Sector Rich List NHS coverage

In the second instalment of our Public Sector Rich List, today we lead with the revelation that at least

1:00 PM November 10, 2015

Don't miss our Public Sector Rich List

This morning our latest TaxPayers’ Alliance ‘Public Sector Rich List’ hit the press. In an exclusive investigation in conjunction with...

8:48 AM November 09, 2015

Abolish Stamp Duty, says the Times

A leader in this morning's Times calls for Stamp Duty to be abolished, after reports that the reforms to the...

9:35 AM November 07, 2015

And the award for most wasteful council goes to...

This morning we came across one of those stories of council waste at which we simply didn’t know whether to...

1:36 PM November 06, 2015

Just tell us the cost!

With the new larger Local Councils up and running in Northern Ireland there have been a number of stories in...

4:27 PM November 05, 2015

Dudley council is under fire for the cost of its agency staff

Dudley council is under fire for the cost of its agency staff.

In just one year (2014-15) they spent...

10:46 AM November 05, 2015

The NHS in its current form is simply not sustainable

9:54 AM November 05, 2015

HMRC will continue to struggle until we simplify the tax system

10:53 AM November 04, 2015

Kent Police: £776,000 more, for a poorer product?

In yet another example of shortcutting at the expense of taxpayers, a local news source in Kent revealed this month...

10:22 AM November 02, 2015

The problems with Kids Company are why we need more transparency

11:57 AM October 29, 2015

Cardiff residents oppose cuts in essential front line services.

The TaxPayers' Alliance seeks the best value from every penny collected by the Treasury. It isn't just national government that...

11:58 AM October 28, 2015

The TPA position on junior doctors' contracts

Junior doctors' contracts are being discussed in the House of Commons today as part of the Opposition Day Debate. Here's...

11:40 AM October 28, 2015

How will the DWP's Help to Work programme pan out?

The DWP released figures for the Access to Work programme which is very similar in scope to the programme...

11:54 AM October 22, 2015

HMRC's tax gap estimates

This morning, HMRC have published their estimates of the UK's tax gap, and it turns out to be rather...

10:08 AM October 22, 2015

Redcar doesn’t want to lose jobs - but neither does China

First Redcar and then Tata Steel announced further job cuts in the steel industry. Exactly what is going on...

1:51 PM October 21, 2015

Announcing the Waste Archive

We often have people contacting us with stories of wasteful spending. We are always extremely grateful for the input and...

8:36 AM October 15, 2015

A 'One Planet' Wales?

The Welsh Government’s ambitious plans to make Wales a ‘One Planet’ nation are in full swing. They have established numerous...

12:11 PM October 14, 2015

Fiscal charters sound good, but political traps are no substitute for action

John McDonnell’s u-turn on the fiscal charter is worrying. The Shadow Chancellor may, one day, have control of the nation’s...

11:56 AM October 14, 2015

Jonathan Isaby gives evidence to Trade Union Bill Committee

Yesterday our Chief Executive, Jonathan Isaby, gave evidence to the Trade Union Bill Committee, making the point that taxpayers' money...

11:04 AM October 14, 2015

Explaining our position on pensioner benefits

Yesterday I made some comments at a fringe event for which I want to apologise. They were crass, offensive and...

2:47 PM October 05, 2015

Simon Jenkins, taller buildings and the housing crisis

In an intriguing article, Guardian columnist and National Trust chairman Sir Simon Jenkins says there is no housing...

Monthly bin collections?

This week saw the introduction of the country's first monthly bin collection. Fife council in Scotland will collect waste just...

11:15 AM September 25, 2015

Local government pension schemes should resist political pressure

There has been a certain amount of noise recently suggesting that Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) divest from (sell so...

10:43 AM September 25, 2015

Taxpayers' money used to cut waiting times at lifts

In a recent poll by Survation, respondents were asked to list the first word or phrase that came to mind...

12:22 PM September 24, 2015

The Public Accounts Committee slams the Department for Communities and Local Government

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has criticised the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for failing to collect information...

10:28 AM September 24, 2015


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