£1.7 trillion hidden debt mountain
Mar 2014 26
Bridging the gap in Gwynedd
Mar 2014 24

Pont Briwet, a Grade II listed wooden bridge which crosses the River Dwyryd in Penrhyndeudraeth North Wales, has been closed since January due to safety fears. This is understandable – many of us have endured a difficult winter. This bridge was to be used until a new road and rail crossing costing £20 million which is completed in 2015. Continue Reading

War on Waste: Cut number of Bristol councillors
Mar 2014 24

Does Bristol City Council (BCC) really need 70 elected councillors to serve its citizens? As a resident of the city and a one-time councillor, I can say this is one way of cutting the cost of local government—reduce the number of councillors—and the TPA in Bristol is campaigning to get the numbers cut. On Saturday, we brought the War on Waste message to Bristol City Hall and gathered on College Green with our banners. Continue Reading

Parish councils dodge accountability and hike tax
Mar 2014 20

Rothbury villagers in Northumberland are furious at their Parish Council for hiking its precept from £22,413 to £52,000, almost an extra pound a week on top of their Council Tax. ‘This 132 per cent increase is on top of a 50 per cent increase in the previous year,’ says one local resident, ‘almost 300% in approximately two years.’ Imagine if every layer of local government did the same! Continue Reading

TaxPayers’ Alliance response to the Budget
Mar 2014 19

Reacting to the Budget, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance,said:

“The Chancellor has announced some welcome relief for taxpayers struggling with stretched budgets. Measures such as the higher personal allowance, the freeze in fuel duty, and abolition of the alcohol duty escalator will all ease the burden on hard-pressed families. It’s also good to see savers finally being rewarded after being overlooked for too long by successive governments.

“However, George Osborne has no room for complacency. His failure to reform Stamp Duty is a missed opportunity and it is deeply regrettable that yet more taxpayers are likely to be dragged into the 40p Income Tax band.”

Commenting on key areas mentioned in the Budget, he added:

Failure to ease the burden imposed by Stamp Duty
“It’s extremely disappointing that the Chancellor failed to address the increasingly punitive burden which Stamp Duty is imposing on home-buyers. More and more people are being hit by higher rates, with the ludicrous slab-rate structure seriously skewing the property market.”

Abolition of the Alcohol Duty Escalator
“This is a good day for ordinary drinkers across the country. It is also a good day for the many small businesses that they support. The Call Time on Duty Campaign has consistently argued that the Alcohol Duty Escalator was bad for consumers, for business and for the economy. We applaud the Chancellor for taking the decision to get rid of it. Cheers!”

Investment Allowance
“Doubling the investment allowance to £500,000 a year is a significant and worthwhile move to encourage investment but it only strengthens the case for more fundamental reform of corporate taxes.”

Income Tax Personal Allowance / Thresholds
“Raising the Personal Allowance again next year will lift more taxpayers out of tax and cut the bill for everyone paying the basic rate. While higher rate taxpayers up to £100,000 will not be hit again, the 40p threshold remains much lower than it where it would have been if it had increased over time with earnings. The 45p rate should also have been abolished.”

Air Passenger Duty
“It’s fantastic news that the Chancellor has scrapped the higher rates of APD, meaning an end to the most extortionate levies for holidaymakers, families visiting relatives overseas and those flying abroad on business.” 

Closing the Deficit
“The national debt is still increasing at an alarming rate and an entire generation is being saddled with crippling debt interest payments. The quickest way to bring down the deficit would be to wage a war on waste in the public sector so that public spending is brought back under control once again.”

Savers
“British savers will be relieved that not only has the tax-free ISA allowance increased, the system has been drastically simplified too.”

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