The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

Foreign aid has ceased to be about results

The government usually acts or passes a new law because it has a certain outcome in mind. It might be...

12:20 PM June 13, 2016

Mexican evidence shows Sugar Tax will have no meaningful impact on calorie intake

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

7:52 AM June 13, 2016

Estimates of the effect of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy based on the sugar tax in Mexico

Several countries tax sugar-sweetened beverages, one of the most recent being Mexico. In 2014, a one peso per litre on...

12:00 AM June 13, 2016

Sorry, Prime Minister. There is no such thing as 'government money'

At Prime Ministers’ Questions yesterday, the man himself spoke about something that doesn’t actually exist.

Responding to a question...

1:19 PM June 09, 2016

Members of the Board - Key findings and media

On Monday the TPA published research on quangos and particularly who sits on their boards. These quangos can have...

10:17 AM June 08, 2016

TPA Compendium of EU-related research

As we have previously made clear, the TaxPayers’ Alliance is not campaigning for either side in the impending EU...

4:39 PM June 07, 2016

Throwing caution to the wind: how English onshore turbines are increasing your energy bill

England is simply not windy enough for more turbines. That’s according to RenewableUK chief executive Hugh McNeal, who’s quoted in...

4:04 PM June 06, 2016

Jobs for the boys: The quangocrat merry-go round

The TaxPayers' Alliance reveals today that despite the government's repeated pledge of a "bonfire of quangos", over 3,000 positions were...

1:00 AM June 06, 2016

Members of the board

In October 2010, the Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude announced that 192 Quasiautonomous Non-Governmental Organisations (quangos) would be abolished and...

12:59 AM June 06, 2016

Tax Freedom Day 2016

Happy Tax Freedom Day! Today is the first day of the year that you start earning money for yourself! 

1:00 AM June 03, 2016

The cost of silence

The House of Lords plays a crucial role in scrutinising the Government and its legislation – not least because so...

11:16 AM June 02, 2016

Fraud and error costs taxpayers €888 million

It has been revealed today that the EU paid a grand total of £675 million to criminals who made fraudulent...

4:31 PM June 01, 2016

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


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