Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, in reaction to the Budget said: ““Unfortunately some of the money is coming from higher taxes on pensioners; there is no relief for motorists from terribly high taxes on petrol and diesel; higher taxes on tobacco will be a boon for criminals selling dodgy cigarettes; and yet another higher rate on Stamp Duty is an unfortunate hike in an ugly tax.
“But overall this is a Budget that should ease the pressure on people’s living standards and allow most of them to keep more of their money.”
Emma Boon, communications director for the Taxpayers’ Alliance, insisted that scrapping the 50p rate “makes economic sense” in her article for this website.
She wrote: “It deters people from working harder and earning more money, and no successful economy has ever grown by soaking wealth creators.
“The rest of us have to pick up the slack and pay more for the luxury of spiting those who are successful.”
Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “The closure of the East of England Development Agency has been long overdue. It’s unacceptable for an agency that presided over a legacy of failure and waste to leave taxpayers with a six figure bill for golden goodbyes. Regional development agencies were famous for throwing away our cash. There’s no excuse for bonuses for bureaucrats after the Government pulled the plug.”
The TaxPayers’ Alliance said it was fully behind the move.
Campaign director Emma Boon said: “It is absolutely right that taxpayers know as much as possible about how much of their money is taken in tax, and how it is spent.
“They need to be properly informed to make up their own minds and decide whether they are getting good value for money.”
However, the group called for the measures to go further.
Ms Boon added: “For the statements to really work, the Government needs to find some way of including the less direct taxes that add to the prices people pay at the till.
“Otherwise they still won’t be giving the British people an honest account of the real price they pay for public spending.”
“All councils, whether they’re large unitary ones or smaller town councils, have got to do their bit to help local residents – many of whom are struggling with rising household bills,” said Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
“It beggars belief that Lostwithiel Town Council would propose such a significant rise when most other councils are managing to freeze rates.
“The near doubling of the precept in just one year shows that the town council has utterly failed to recognise their duty to help taxpayers during tough times.”
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