The TaxPayers’ Alliance in the South West set up their stall alongside local food and drink producers at Bath’s historic Farmers’ Market—the first in the country—situated under the beautiful Victorian glass and iron roof of what used to be the Green Park railway station in the centre of the city of Bath.
Local traders and shoppers were delighted to sign our petition calling for a cut in Cider Tax and specifically the Cider Duty Escalator, which puts the price of cider up by 2 per cent above the rate of inflation every year. Last year, following our successful , the Chancellor scrapped the Beer Duty Escalator. ‘He should do the same for cider,’ said one Bath market trader. ‘Cider making supports many small businesses round here.’ Almost a quarter of the price you pay for a pint of cider goes to the taxman. Continue Reading
Reacting to the Shadow Chancellor’s proposals to reintroduce the 50p rate of Income Tax, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
Reintroducing the 50p rate would be an unmitigated disaster for Britain. It flies in the face of the evidence, which shows that cutting the top rate has brought in more cash to treasury coffers and boosted the economy. Ed Balls has rightly identified the need to balance the books, but the best way to do that is to cut spending, not hike taxes.
Npower chief executive Paul Massara has said that the Government has not done enough to reduce the impact of green levies on household energy bills. In December, and following sustained public criticism of rising fuel bills, George Osborne announced a change in some of the green levies included in energy bills. However, the Npower boss said it:
reduced the bills by about £53… that is just one small measure… if they’d have scrapped it, it would have been about £140 off the bill.
The Williams Commission has - under what has been described and urgent and radical proposals – recommended a reduction in the number of Welsh councils from 22 to between 10 and 12. The report offered several different options for the future landscape of Welsh local government, but all involved merging authorities.
Several organisations, including the Federation of Small Businesses, have welcomed the plans as it may bring an end to duplication and complexities in services and help boost the local economy with targeted service planning on a more regional basis. Continue Reading