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Free school meals to be abolished?

The Daily Mail published an article on Saturday that suggests that the 'flagship Liberal Democrat policy' of  free school...

4:33 PM September 07, 2015

IT costs across Whitehall soar by another 7 per cent

Whitehall departments have continued to defy the laws of physics this year; it seems that when it comes to IT...

2:02 PM August 24, 2015

There's a good story to tell about welfare reform

The news that the Department for Work and Pensions has been conjuring case studies from thin air to justify its...

9:21 AM August 21, 2015

More waste in the South East

Last Wednesday, Dia and her grassroots team went to Maidstone to speak to as many residents as possible. We encountered...

2:28 PM August 17, 2015

War on Waste action day in Maidstone

Today, Dia and her team hit the road to Maidstone, Kent to continue the

10:51 AM August 13, 2015

NHS and local councils in a mess over business rate review

12:04 PM August 12, 2015

Profligacy: The MoD’s Enemy Within

A budget cut of half a billion; several thousand troops made redundant – what a perfect time for...

12:08 PM August 06, 2015

Let's do renewables right

The European countryside is littered with big, white and expensive wind turbines, and it seems that this comes to little...

8:57 AM August 04, 2015

Newcastle Council splashes out £45m on vanity project in face of dramatic funding cuts

Proposal to expand the scope of the council’s refurbishment plan expected to be approved next Wednesday.

11:22 AM August 03, 2015

How to spend £10,000

The Deal Town Council is planning to spend over £10,000 on new ceremonial robes and regalia, reports Kent...

5:25 PM July 27, 2015

Plans to merge National Insurance and Income Tax are fantastic news

The Telegraph are asking whether we might see the end of National Insurance in the near future to which...

3:05 PM July 22, 2015

Competition time at the TPA

On Monday @the_tpa hit 10,000 Twitter followers so we thought it was time for a give-away competition.


12:31 PM July 17, 2015

The NHS and IT, a match made in hell

The Register has reported that although the new £131m e-Referral system has recovered from the problems which forced...

10:59 AM July 17, 2015

Welcome cut in Bath parking charges

Keeping politicians to their pre-election promises is never easy, but there seems to be a chink of light at Bath...

3:02 PM July 15, 2015

1 mile to ridiculousness: Public pays for civil servants chauffeured car trips

During the tenure of Sir Peter Housden, who stepped down as Permanent Secretary to the Scottish government last month, a...

4:18 PM July 14, 2015

We should not hold our breath for a budget surplus

The Summer Budget was a fiddly affair with sixty policies being implemented.
The value to the treasury of each policy can...

11:36 AM July 14, 2015

Manston Airport - Time For Local Politicians to Stop Interfering

Manston Airport is an old RAF airfield on the eastern tip of Kent which, when run as an airport, loses...

11:15 AM July 13, 2015

Direct Recovery of Debts legislation flies in the face of Magna Carta

A new TaxPayers' Alliance report, written by leading barrister Francis Hoar, demonstrates significant flaws in Direct Recovery of Debts legislation

Principle of...

6:00 AM July 13, 2015

Taxpayers to pay hundreds... so Councillors can learn how to run the Council

It has come to our attention that an event headed by GovKnow is taking place in order to help...

11:47 AM July 10, 2015

Bank levy backdown

With HSBC, the UK’s largest bank, and Standard Chartered debating whether to move their domiciles outside of the UK, the...

2:12 PM July 09, 2015

Summer Budget reveals spending increases

The Chancellor has announced substantial increases in spending in his first Conservative budget, compared to the plans he published in...

5:53 PM July 08, 2015

Costly delays to inquiry begin to add up

On the 7th July 2014, Theresa May, established an enquiry into the failings of public bodies in light of the...

9:29 AM July 08, 2015

Poor use of taxpayers' money in Cornwall

The poor use of European taxpayers’ money spent in Cornwall has been strongly criticised by a recent report. Key findings...

4:41 PM July 06, 2015

An opportunity for tax simplification

With the budget less than a week away, speculation is rife as to what will and won’t be...

2:01 PM July 03, 2015

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Government IT project goes over-budget

Another day, another sorry tale of a government IT project going horribly wrong.

When announced in 2009, the General Practice...

8:21 AM July 02, 2015

Yet again, our tax and benefit system fails to make sense

Last year the average UK household paid over £13,000 in taxes, the ONS revealed yesterday.

The sheer scale...

4:27 PM June 30, 2015

Two years of costly optimism on foreign aid

Yesterday’s Sunday Times reported how ministers at the Foreign Office were warned by the International Development Secretary nearly two...

4:30 PM June 29, 2015

HMRC fails to answer 18 million calls, then bill us to fix their failings

HMRC, it has been reported today, fails to pick up the phone to one in four people. Last year alone...

11:45 AM June 26, 2015

Wales is the beacon of waste

This week, the Welsh Taxpayer has witnessed yet another waste of their hard earned money. Three top managers have opted...

9:38 AM June 26, 2015

Why quantitative easing isn't the answer

A while ago we wrote about about why the TaxPayers' Alliance are worried about the current state of government...

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