Council Tax increases of 5 per cent in Wales
Feb 2014 19

Welsh Councils are in the process of setting their budgets and many are proposing big hikes in Council Tax of up to 5 per cent. Swansea has already approved a 5 per cent increase. This is the same Swansea council that recently limited the amount of bin bags households can leave out for already heavily curtailed fortnightly bin collections. Continue Reading

Feb 2014 18

Click the video above to watch our film celebrating ten years of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

Oxford students join Cut Cider Tax campaign
Feb 2014 18

On a rainy day at Balliol College, one of Oxford University’s oldest and most prestigious colleges, students gathered in its subterranean bar to support our Cut Cider Tax campaign. They collected dozens of signatures for our petition calling on a cut in the Cider Duty Escalator, which automatically adds duty of 2% above inflation to a pint of cider. The ghost of former postgraduate student Adam Smith must have nodded approvingly.

‘With pubs closing across the country,’ says Oxford student Jack Matthews, ‘the Government needs to do all it can to help this important industry. Cutting the cider tax would be a great show of support to our hardworking publicans.’

After the signature collecting, students celebrated a successful action day with a few pints of Thatchers cider at favourite student pub the King’s Arms in the heart of Oxford. For those wanting to taste a locally brewed cider, they should try Thorn Brook cider produced by the Little Orchard Company on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border, north of Banbury. Very nice!

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TPA slams “arrogant” Coalition over reported U-Turn on Recall Ballots
Feb 2014 14

Reacting to the report in this morning’s Independent that the Government has dropped plans to allow voters to petition for a recall ballot if they feel their MP has let them down, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

“If the reports are accurate, it is deeply depressing that the Coalition Government has done a U-turn on recall. Establishing the right of voters to petition for a recall ballot when they feel their MP has let them down would be a powerful accountability mechanism to keep our elected representatives on their toes.

“The measure was in the Conservative and Liberal Democrat manifestos and then enshrined in the Coalition Agreement, so its abandonment is an arrogant move which will only serve to distance the political elite even further from the voters they are supposed to be representing.

“There is a profound irony that the ditching of a commitment which would have gone a long way to restoring public confidence in the political process will only add to voters’ cynicism and distrust of politicians.”

Essex students raise a toast to cutting cider tax!
Feb 2014 13

Students flocked to our Essex Taxpayers’ Alliance action day at the University of Essex near Colchester to support our Cut Cider Tax campaign. A petition to axe the Cider Tax escalator, which increases the duty on cider by 2% above inflation every year, attracted 120 signatures on the day. Continue Reading

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