The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

Bungled Sugar Tax is nothing more than a tax on the poor

The TaxPayers' Alliance today renews its call for the Government to abandon its proposed Sugar Tax as new research reveals...

1:00 AM May 30, 2016

The impact of the sugar tax on different drinks

Announced in the 2016 budget, the soft drinks industry levy (the sugar tax), will be paid by producers and importers...

1:00 AM May 30, 2016

Comments on the BMA WhatsApp leak

Commenting on the revelation that the BMA was seeking to maximise disruption, and put money before patient safety, Jonathan Isaby,...

1:34 PM May 26, 2016

Government websites must respect purdah rules in EU Referendum

Commenting on the calls for the Cabinet Secretary to remove material from government websites skewing the EU debate once the...

2:11 PM May 25, 2016

The effects of taxes and benefits 2014-15

New ONS statistics revealed today who paid how much tax in 2014-15.

It showed that:

  • The ten per cent...

4:11 PM May 24, 2016

Another missed target for Osborne

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics today show public sector net borrowing is £2 billion higher than...

1:46 PM May 24, 2016

A successful Hastings campaign

On Friday the TaxPayers' Alliance office and supporters in the South East took the train to Hastings in order to...

4:42 PM May 23, 2016

Loophole leaves licence fee-payers in the dark

Having thought that there was finally to be some transparency over BBC salaries, it turns out that we are likely...

10:33 AM May 23, 2016

The NAO's verdict is damning

The National Audit Office (NAO) warns that Whitehall’s efforts to streamline their services and save taxpayers’ money...

9:58 AM May 20, 2016

Come join us in Aylesbury

It's summer and the days are growing longer; it's the perfect time for an informal TPA catch-up in Aylesbury.


8:39 AM May 20, 2016

Making sense of pensions

When the Bank of England's Chief Economist admits that he cannot make "the remotest sense" of most pension...

Queen's Speech: A muddle of worthy measures, ill-conceived policies and wasted opportunities

Responding to the Queen's Speech, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"This is a hotch-potch of...

12:41 PM May 18, 2016

Defence Acquisition

The efficient procurement of defence equipment has long been a challenge for British governments. It is an extremely complex process...

1:00 AM May 17, 2016

Cost of Trident successor must be kept under control

The TaxPayers’ Alliance is today calling on the Government to learn the lessons of past defence procurement decisions if the...

1:00 AM May 17, 2016

TPA spokesmen available to comment on Queen's Speech this week

The TaxPayers' Alliance, Britain's independent campaign for reforming taxes, cutting spending and protecting taxpayers, will be available for broadcast interviews...

5:36 PM May 16, 2016

BBC White Paper: Ministers have ducked the opportunity for serious licence fee reform

Responding to the Government's White Paper on BBC Charter Review published today, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:


12:23 PM May 12, 2016

The Taxpayers' Alliance are heading to Hastings

The The TaxPayers' Alliance will be bringing their campaign to Hastings on Friday 20th May.

At 12:30pm we'll be leafleting...

4:08 PM May 11, 2016

Further policy victories for the TPA

Two new laws have been passed this week as a direct result of TPA campaigning which will save taxpayers' money...

10:45 AM May 06, 2016

Time to scrap the licence fee

There was a great deal of media speculation over the weekend about the BBC’s competitive scheduling. While it now seems...

1:19 PM May 03, 2016

TaxPayers' Alliance reacts to jailing of expenses cheat ex-MEP Peter Skinner

Commenting on the jailing today of former MEP Peter Skinner, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:


12:58 PM April 29, 2016

Poor planning leads to delays at taxpayers' expense

The remote island of St Helena was due to open its much needed new airport next month, but the project...

2:14 PM April 28, 2016

How have taxes changed in the last 30 years?

For all the chaos of the tax system over recent decades, one thing has remained remarkably consistent.

As the graph...

5:38 PM April 27, 2016

Keeping Council Tax low in Windsor and Maidenhead

In Windsor and Maidenhead, our approach to Government is to only take in Council Tax what is absolutely necessary to...

1:05 PM April 23, 2016

Examples of how to save money and keep council tax low

Trafford Council is the third lowest funded Metropolitan District in the country, receiving only £365 per head against an average...

11:47 AM April 23, 2016

How much do the biggest companies pay in Corporation Tax?

Government ministers can often be heard citing statistics about the amount of tax being paid by the top 1 per...

9:46 AM April 21, 2016

More transparency is needed in the aid budget

The Public Accounts Committee has released a widely covered report that makes several criticisms of the handling of humanitarian...

11:23 AM April 20, 2016

It is deeply disappointing that the Government has backed down on this very sensible proposal in the Trade Union Bill

Responding to news that the Government has this afternoon announced its intention not now to include the scrapping of “check-off”...

6:06 PM April 19, 2016

HM Treasury's Brexit analysis

Just a week after the government spent £6m on leaflets and £3m on a website telling the public why they...

11:57 AM April 18, 2016

BBC Question Time 14th April 2016

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


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

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