Planning costs pile up for Mike Watts
Aug 2014 19

Good news to see that B&NES council leader Paul Crossley is finally congratulating Mike Watts for building his Kelston Toll Road and helping thousands of local drivers overcome the disruption caused by the closure of a short stretch of the A431.

“He has done something the council wasn’t able to do and well done to him,” Crossley told the Bath Chronicle. “He has used his initiative and taken a risk, using his money. He has also been working positively with the council to jump through all the necessary hoops, such as applying for retrospective planning permission.” Continue Reading

“Tax Now, Die Later” – A Letter to the Editor
Aug 2014 12

In response to yesterday’s Daily Telegraph story, “Savers could pay death tax while they are still living,”, our Chief Executive was published in Letters to the Editor today.

Instead of adding further complexity and giving HMRC more powers, the Government should simplify the tax code and eliminate the loopholes that have dented public confidence in the system.

Read his letter in full here.

Cardiff Says No to the Sugar Tax
Aug 2014 11

Supporters of the Taxpayers’ Alliance were in Cardiff on Saturday campaigning against Plaid Cymru’s proposed tax on fizzy drinks. With our stall set up on ‘The Hayes’ during the annual Cardiff Carnival, we got to meet many local people and visitors shocked to hear about the punitive measures being taken to try to cut obesity in Wales.

With 300 bottles of soft drinks, leaflets and sign-up sheets we spent over an hour raising awareness on how additional taxes on everyday items such as soft drinks could actually in the long-term have really significant impacts on hard-pressed taxpayers’ budgets. After hearing about failed attempts elsewhere to introduce taxes to curb obesity rates, many added that they would be reluctant to support any further taxation asking ‘Where would taxation stop otherwise?’  Continue Reading

Bath toll road hero hit by Council charges
Aug 2014 11

Mike Watts has hit national headlines for building the first toll road in England for 100 years – and he did it because Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council have been too slow to re-open a vital section of the A431 between Bristol and Bath. So I went to visit him to find out the true cost of doing local motorists a favour, and heard how the council is charging him for helping out. Continue Reading

War on Waste rolls into Canterbury
Aug 2014 07

Yesterday The TaxPayers’ Alliance took the War on Waste to Canterbury. Stationed outside the Beaney Library we split off into pairs to cover as much of the street as we could, thankful for the excellent weather despite forecasts to the contrary.

With signup sheets on hand and were focussed on raising awareness of local government waste by handing out leaflets. People were particularly outraged to learn of the £18,181 claimed in expenses by the council chief – on top of his £135,000 salary.

Many people stopped to learn more about our figures and how we had collected them while others were unsurprised (“What do you expect? They’re politicians!”) but delighted to know that there was a group drawing attention to these issues. More than once we were asked for directions to the cathedral or nearest restroom which is always a hazard when wearing matching t-shirts.

We left a sunny Canterbury with many new supporters, having had a thoroughly enjoyable day!

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