Chancellor George Osborne will deliver Budget 2014 tomorrow. We published our full submission of proposals for this Budget on Thursday. One of the proposals that might provide room for a popular tax cut is Stamp Duty as rising prices are once again pushing more home buyers into the punitive three per cent rate or worse. And while the number of homes which fall under the higher rates are much higher in London and the South East than elsewhere, the number of homes rising into higher rates is a problem for home buyers across the country.
In August last year we launched Stamp Out Stamp Duty with solid research, a campaign website with an online tool to message your MP and a series of local, grassroots events from Beverley to Bath. Our reports showed Stamp Duty affecting a quarter of homes and then the number of predicted to rise a band by 2017 while a report we commissioned from Walbrook Economics detailed the fiscal impact of three realistic policy proposals. Continue Reading
The TaxPayers’ Alliance – Britain’s independent grassroots campaign for lower taxes and less government waste – is seeking a talented and motivated campaign manager to take a lead in communicating the organisation’s messages to the public through the national print and broadcast media, social media and the TPA’s website.
The successful candidate will:
Closing Date:30 March 2014
How to apply: please send a CV and covering letter/e-mail to: Emma Bennett at [email protected]
University of Birmingham students joined our campaign to Call Time on Duty armed with our drinks coasters. After starting the day on the Edgbaston campus, the campaign soon moved and gained more momentum at one of Birmingham’s finest – The Old Joint Stock and Theatre pub. Continue Reading
The TaxPayers’ Alliance has co-signed the following letter which has been published in today’s Times:
Sir, There are few more iconic images of the recent storms and the flooding which devastated so many thousands of lives than the Great Western Line at Dawlish collapsing into the sea, cutting off the main rail route to the South West of England.
This underlines the stark choice in determining priorities for investment in Britain’s transport network — between investment in increasing resilience, developing regional transport connections and relieving the plight of the thousands forced to stand on trains each day, or ploughing ahead with a London-centric high-speed line with a dreadful business case which connects just four cities.
Successive justifications for HS2 have failed to convince, so its supporters are asserting that the West Coast Mainline is full to capacity and HS2 is needed to relieve it. Yet Network Rail’s latest figures show that intercity trains are running at just 52 per cent full into Euston station at peak times, and that Euston is one of London’s least busy termini.
With the Treasury predicting that HS2 will cost £73 billion — £1,500 for each adult in Britain — as well as causing huge environmental damage, it is clear that the time has come for a comprehensive review of the UK’s transport priorities, and where, if at all, HS2 fits with this.
Hilary Wharf, HS2 Action Alliance;
Natalie Bennett, Green Party;
Sir Keith Bright, ex London Regional Transport;
Dr Eamonn Butler, Adam Smith Institute;
Nigel Farage, UKIP;
Sir Christopher Foster, Network Rail;
Jonathan Isaby, TaxPayers’ Alliance;
Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council;
Ruth Lea, Arbuthnot Banking Group;
Dr Madsen Pirie, Adam Smith Institute;
John Prideaux, Intercity and British Rail;
Roger Salmon, ex Rail Franchising;
Chris Stokes; ex Strategic Rail Authority;
Martin Tett, Bucks County Council;
Sir Andrew Watson, CPRE Warks;
Sir Barney White-Spunner, Countryside Alliance;
Paul Wilkinson, The Wildlife Trust
Bristol University students packed local favourite pub The White Bear to add their support to our campaign to Call Time on Duty. Brandishing our wine mats bearing the facts about how much tax we pay on our drinks, they demanded that the Chancellor George Osborne cut the duty on wine and spirits in next week’s Budget.
‘As a student, I make a habit of shopping for the best food deals, and skimping on heating to get lower bills,’ says Bristol student Victoria Newark. ‘The high duty that government imposes on wine makes a mockery of students’ hard attempts to keep living costs down.’
‘I would like to see a reduction in wine duty,’ says Newark, ‘as I face enough expenditure and debt without this sneaky government tax on a fun night out.’
Just click on this link and insert your postcode to contact your local MP calling for him to help act on bringing down the duty on wine and spirits. How can you refuse!