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The cost of government crisis

The discussion of the cost of living is often framed as families not having enough money to get by. But...

1:35 PM December 09, 2015

Undermining the courts through the tax system

The Times and the Sunday Times have reported on a measure mentioned in the fine print of last...

10:59 AM December 01, 2015

Is it time to call time on the NHS's 111 helpline?

More harsh words come today for the NHS’s 111 helpline, this time in the form of a damning critique on...

5:01 PM November 30, 2015

Calls for a sugar tax from the high priests of the nanny state

Increased taxation, censorship, price controls and centralisation.

The proposals included in the report “Childhood obesity—brave and bold action” constitute...

4:39 PM November 30, 2015

Tax simplification at the Institute of Directors

"Tax reform and simplification" was the subject of an interesting panel debate last Thursday night at the Institute of Directors....

10:48 AM November 30, 2015

Spending Review victory from Council Assets and Government Art

Council Assets

This year the TaxPayers’ Alliance released a substantial piece of research on assets owned by local...

11:10 AM November 27, 2015

Spending Review victory from our Town Hall Rich List

Earlier this month the groundbreaking Public Sector Rich List - a collaboration between the TaxPayers’ Alliance and Daily...

11:05 AM November 27, 2015

Spending Review: Another Spending Plan victory

Another Spending Plan policy victory for the TaxPayers' Alliance in the Spending Review. Policy 25 states:

"Transport for London...

11:02 AM November 27, 2015

Spending Review - TPA in the media

A busy week in Westminster and we were on hand to give immediate reaction to the Autumn Statement and Spending...

12:05 PM November 26, 2015

George's big day

Today is George Osborne’s big day at the despatch box as he steps forward to give, what is in effect,...

11:19 AM November 25, 2015

Today's announcements on carbon emissions by Ed Miliband, and why they're wrong

Taxpayers will be overjoyed – Ed Miliband is using his front bench retirement to once again make the foray into...

2:40 PM November 23, 2015

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:


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

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