A new campaign has been launched by the National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) calling for local authorities to spend 50p per person per week on “culture”. 50p per person per week may not sound like much, but this over £1.6 billion. That works out at least £63 per year on every Council Tax bill. The actual cost will be higher once people who do not pay Council Tax are taken into account. Continue Reading
The UK does not feature in the top 10 countries for producing ‘super entrepreneurs’, according to a report by the Centre for Policy Studies. The report places Britain in 11th place and suggests that while our elite education and legal systems contribute to our standing, taxes play an important role in discouraging entrepreneurship: Continue Reading
MPs will today vote on the Second Reading of the HS2 Bill. The TaxPayers’ Alliance has long had severe concerns about the cost and value of the HS2project, which is set to cost every family in the country well over £1,500 according to official figures. It was originally based on a very weak business case, and that has continued to unravel over time.
The campaign group today calls on the Government – and Opposition parties – to vote against this Bill. There are better – and far cheaper – ways to improve our transport infrastructure.
Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“It’s unbelievable that this wasteful vanity project has been allowed to proceed so far despite its flimsy business case. MPs now have an opportunity to put the brakes on HS2 and force a serious rethink of spending priorities. The project should be abandoned now before any more taxpayers’ cash is squandered on what risks being the most expensive white elephant of all time.”
Over the last three years, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has published a number of pieces of research questioning the basis on which HS2 has got the go-ahead, namely:
High Speed Rail (http://www.taxpayersalliance.
HS2 Capacity Analysis (http://www.taxpayersalliance.
The hidden costs of HS2 (http://www.taxpayersalliance.
We updated that research in late September 2013 with a new report, HS2 will not solve capacity issues on Britain’s railways, demonstrating how the already weak case for HS2 has continued to unravel. This report is available to view online at:http://www.taxpayersalliance.
TaxPayers’ Alliance activists came out in full force and battled the winds last Saturday (19 April) to campaign for Council Tax cuts in Lewisham. Out on the streets of Lee, armed with hundreds of leaflets and a strong team of dedicated activists, our petition received lots of attention with signatories from all over the borough. Continue Reading