Serious Fraud Office investigates Welsh Government
Jul 2013 18

The Welsh Audit Office (WAO) has referred the sale of taxpayer owned land to the Serious Fraud Office. The Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW) which is intended to generate investment in urban development, and is overseen by the Welsh Government, has been accused of selling off land that could have generated tens of millions more for Welsh taxpayers.

The WAO is focusing specifically on the case that the land was compiled into one property portfolio and then sold privately, rather than at a public auction. The Welsh Government has previously defended the sale of land to the Guernsey based company ‘South Wales Land Developments’. Continue Reading

Cut Cider Tax!
Jul 2013 17

The South West Taxpayers’ Alliance launched their ‘Cut Cider Tax’ campaign at the Love Food Festival at historic Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire. Bath TPA supporters set up their stall alongside local food producers and award-winning cider makers, urging local foodies and cider lovers to sign their petition.

“Almost a quarter of the price you pay for a pint of cider goes to the taxman,” says South West Grassroots Coordinator Tim Newark. “It’s too much in these tough times and it has negative impact on the thousands of people employed in the South West in cider production. We had a great success with our campaign for lower beer tax earlier this year and we feel it’s only fair to help cider drinkers and makers too!” Continue Reading

Salisbury sizzles in support of Stop the Energy Swindle
Jul 2013 17

TPA supporters rallied outside Salisbury’s Georgian Guildhall to launch our ‘Stop the Energy Swindle’ campaign in Wiltshire’s beautiful cathedral city. Overlooking the historic Market Square, it proved a good place to chat to shoppers and market traders on a busy market day.

‘High energy bills hit independent traders very much,’ says South West grassroots coordinator Tim Newark, ‘ adding yet another layer of cost alongside their business rates and rent. It’s a cost they then have to pass on to the consumer, so we all lose. Just so the government can subsidise ridiculously expensive alternative energy sources.’ Continue Reading

Meanness in Dover?
Jul 2013 17

Town and parish councils invariably slip under the radar when it comes to scrutiny. Their budgets tend to be small and although in percentage terms some of the precept increases are large, in monetary terms they are rather small. Dover Town Council is a prime example of this.

This year the council  increased its Council Tax precept by 34 per cent – then said that it was really only 3 per cent because that is what the combined county/district/parish etc. rise came to.  What is interesting though is the council’s priorities. What is it spending local taxpayers’ money on?
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Jul 2013 15

It’s great to see that our Stop the Energy Swindle campaign has unnerved the politicians and bureaucrats at the Department of Energy & Climate Change. Over the weekend we received a letter from Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, seeking to evade responsibility for his department’s role in increasing energy bills.

Our Chief Executive Matthew Sinclair has written back to Mr Davey, reminding him how taxes and regulations push up the cost of energy. Click here to read our letter in full.


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