The TaxPayers' Alliance Spending Plan

How would you reduce spending?
This is how we would: The TaxPayers' Alliance has produced The Spending Plan, a landmark report setting out exactly how any government could reduce spending.

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What would you do if you were chancellor? Use this calculator, with all of our suggestions available, to see if you can be bolder than the politicians. If you don't agree with all of our proposals what would you do instead?

Click here for the spending plan summary • Or click here for the full report

Update: Our Spending Plan Explained blog series has more detail on all our policies

Spending Plan Proposals

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    Abolish Departments
  • Education
  • Health
  • Pay and Pensions
  • Transport
  • Welfare
  • Other

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commented 2017-12-27 10:38:32 +0000 · Flag

I wouldn’t have thought there was anything for TPA here. See Wikipedia: "The branch operations were eventually returned to private ownership when the branches and other retail operations were acquired by Virgin Group in 2012, being rebranded as Virgin Money the same year. The mortgage book of higher risk assets was renamed to Northern Rock (Asset Management) and later to “NRAM Limited”, and remains in public ownership,4 where it is forecast to eventually repay the amounts originally used by the government to bail it out."

commented 2017-12-27 10:25:13 +0000 · Flag
I have Joined the TPA to try and find out if and how Northern Rock financial bail out was every paid back to the tax payer? So if someone can inform me of how this was achieved I would be most grateful.
commented 2016-09-30 16:54:24 +0100 · Flag
I can understand that an MP with a constituency in say Scotland or North Wales would need somewhere to live nearer to Westminster
What I can’t understand is why every MP seems to need a second home, even if the constituency is close to Westminster.
(Margaret Moran had a second home, although her constituency was Luton South, easy commuting distance)
Further, if the taxpayer funds the mortgage on the property the increased value should go to the Treasury, not into the MP’s pocket.
commented 2016-09-30 16:46:17 +0100 · Flag
Since Scotland has its own government, and Wales and Northen Ireland have Assemblies, surely we can now abolish the Northern Ireland office, the Scotland office and the Wales office.
Figures for 2011-2 show we could save £37m (NI £23m, S £8m, W £6m)
commented 2016-01-25 21:22:46 +0000 · Flag
One point missed, no mention of multinationals paying their fair share of tax.
I pay 20 per cent,but many pay no uk corporation tax,or very low rates.what a stitch up!!!!!!!!
commented 2015-06-12 15:23:28 +0100 · Flag
The Armed Forces are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves so scrap the MoD

Tim Ambler
commented 2015-05-21 20:25:45 +0100 · Flag
Scraping government departments saving billions a great idea, by doing this we can lower tax which could generate even MORE money for the government.
commented 2015-05-10 02:20:59 +0100 · Flag
No option to reduce defence spending, for example scrapping Trident? After all the last government did want to cancel the second new aircraft carrier – defence related spending is subject to mismanagement, program failures and waste like any other?
commented 2015-05-10 01:35:55 +0100 · Flag
Close all tax loopholes? The Mayfair Tax?
commented 2015-04-17 14:37:56 +0100 · Flag
Abolished housing benefit and working tax credit bring in rent control to the market adjusts put the minimum wage up to £11 and cut cooperation tax to 9% put a transaction tax at 1p on city trades and have a chairman tax on bonuses at 75% cut business rates by 10% and put up vat by1% to the deficit is made good
commented 2015-04-17 14:30:37 +0100 · Flag
Government has been unable to make the case for the £50bn, taxpayer funded HS2, it should be scrapped.
commented 2015-03-31 11:18:58 +0100 · Flag
Hey Bill,
I’m not sure who you’re replying to here. This may be because our comment system doesn’t make it clear unless you mention somebody by name. Unless you’re commenting on our proposal to increase charges within the NHS?
commented 2015-03-31 11:05:48 +0100 · Flag
Where do people get the money to pay these extra charges? You’re cutting incomes and increasing expenditure but you don’t explain how people are supposed to pay these extra charges with less money.
commented 2015-03-26 09:51:39 +0000 · Flag
Love the suggestion below to scrap recruitment agency involvement in advertising public sector roles! What’s wrong with simply directly posting jobs on a well-established national website like r**d?!

My suggestion: Why not scrap all CEO posts for local authorities / unitary authorities? Why on earth does a ‘council’ need a CEO?
commented 2015-03-23 10:37:02 +0000 · Flag
Scrap the Parliamentary and Financial Ombudsmen; in my experience they are not fit for purpose.
commented 2015-03-23 10:31:20 +0000 · Flag
Scrap all pensioner benefits and compensate for this by adding a nominal amount to the state pension, where it will be taxable.
commented 2015-03-20 17:22:52 +0000 · Flag
I was able to reduce 81262million (is that 81billion?or 8.1billion?). Here´s an important point that TPA barely touched on.. DE-REGULATE! with regulation comes costs. costs of enforcement: inspections, regulatory bodies, police. I see you did mention “Relax planning restrictions that inflate housing costs to cut Housing Benefit bills – £4,764 million” . but there are sooooo many more similar cases. how many more small businesses would there be if you just let them get on with making money instead of being on their case about every last little detail? Also what about cutting more tax? cut VAT! cut COUNCIL TAX! this is economic OPPRESSION! Also radically raise pollution fines with and use some of the money to rewards “snitchers” this would cut police time and help aviod EU environmental fines!
commented 2015-03-19 11:44:06 +0000 · Flag
The ISA property incentive in latest budget and annuity `freedom` will inevitably; as it did with personal pensions, PPI, lead to poor advice on a grand scale from financial advisors and warning of this is Citizens Advice having to recruit advisors to advise on annuity freedom and they are a voluntary organisation who should not be involved in badly thought out government policy or as I suspect and am afraid will happen, will advise clients who have received shoddy treatment by finanacial advisors.
commented 2015-03-19 10:28:49 +0000 · Flag
Not a cost cutting idea but rather a money generating one which would also solve the housing crisis and improve our infrastructure:

When land is re-zoned for example if residential building is permitted on agricultural or commercial land the land owner captures the entire increase in value. Similarly when infrastructure is improved, school catchment areas changed or local amenities improved the increase in property values is captured by property owners.

This means

(1) The private sector captures all the value from re-zoning and improvement.
(2) Councils have no real incentive to improve their local area or increase the housing stock

Instead we should follow the dutch model:

In Dutch cities a public land development strategy, involves public purchase, ownership and servicing of land and active planning for land use before land is released for actual development to the private sector. This guarantees building developments according to public policies, it realises full cost recovery of all public works via the sale of building plots and it captures at least part of the surplus value of the land (after a change in use).

This would:

Capture a huge amount of value for the tax payer
Increase development and housing supply
Improve quality and standards of housing development
commented 2015-03-19 10:15:44 +0000 · Flag
Stop paying excessive fees to recruitment agencies to fill public sector positions primarily in education and health.

(1) Finders fees : Up to 30% of salary for the first year
(2) Inflated Locum rates : Some doctors are on £2000 per day.

I wrote to my MP asking for figures on how much is spent on recruitment fees but was told it the data was only held at the level of individual schools / trusts and may be confidential.


(1) Have a maximum fees policy and gradually reduce it.
(2) Have a national public sector job/CV site.
(3) Better staff rota management
(4) Employ permanent members of staff as cover workers who can be deployed to cover gaps.
(4) Have an aim of reducing poor morale and staff turn over in the public sector.
commented 2015-03-17 11:43:18 +0000 · Flag
Well now, over £60 billion saved! And all without getting overly radical. I just opted for what most of my mates down the pub say we should do!
Was disappointed to not see an option on our parliamentry MP numbers and costs. I think that 500 MPs would be plenty, so we could save some more money there. And maybe we, the “nation”, should own those second homes that we buy them (the MPs)?
And I notice that the child allowance/tax credit option is loaded against it’s removal. A simpler tax system, without costs for add-ons such as means testing and tax credits, should surely be the aim here?
We could also save money by not bothering with a nuclear so-called deterrent. It didn’t deter Argentina from the Falklands, did it? It hasn’t deterred ISIS from Syria, has it? Do we really have enough nuclear firepower to deter Russia or China from expanding? Recent events, in both areas, say we don’t.
commented 2015-03-15 13:03:56 +0000 · Flag
That was easy! £18 billion saved. And that was before we scrapped the subsidy that encourages people to have as many children as possible.
commented 2015-03-14 14:44:25 +0000 · Flag
Suggestion: Reduce the number of tiers of local government. For example abolish District Councils where there are already two tiers of local administration (Town/Parish and County Councils).
commented 2015-03-12 11:41:38 +0000 · Flag
I agree with abolishing several Government departments – based on my my dealings with DTI and Dept of Employment some years ago. You do not mention Trident. I was Project Manager for the construction of some of the Polaris submarines years ago so I support a nuclear deterrent but I’m not at all convinced that we need 4 new Tridents. Cancelling HS2 would be great saving – it will be out of date by the time it is operational and there are cheaper/better ways of solving the North?South divide.
commented 2015-03-11 11:00:27 +0000 · Flag
How about cutting the number of MPs, MEPs, MSPs, WA and NI members, Bag men, Spads, and general political class by 20% as per other public sector reductions ..
commented 2015-03-11 10:56:40 +0000 · Flag
No option to get rid of the TV License altogether and break up and sell of the BBC!
No option to privatise the NHS completely and move to insurance based system with limited state safety net!
No option to get rid of the DVLA!
No option to get rid of the EA!
Cut the number of MP’s in half as well as scrap hereditary peers and have an elected House of Lords.
Brexit the EU!
commented 2015-03-11 08:56:07 +0000 · Flag
Abolish all state handouts. Tax for bare minimum government. Give local resources to local people based consortium to make into profit centers (or not) as they see fit. Abolish local councils and replace with service managers for each local resource. Scrap income and corporate taxes and replace with a single annual bill that covers local and national level.
commented 2015-03-11 08:01:57 +0000 · Flag
Why not change child benefits so they are only payable for the first two children born? You want a bigger family, then you pay for it…..