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A new age of austerity?

Watch any government minister being interviewed on TV these days, and you can play a game of politics bingo. Any mention of the NHS, they’ll start on about extra X billions - tick. Why are public finances in a mess? Well, there was the covid pandemic you know - got... Read more...

5 things Jeremy Hunt doesn't want you to know about his statement

Despite weeks of expectation management, the fiscal statement was even more painful for taxpayers than we anticipated.    There may not have been any surprise giveaways, but there were plenty of stealth takeaways. Here’s five things the chancellor doesn’t want you to know about his measures today:    1. This... Read more...

Higher alcohol taxes would be a bitter price to pay

By Benjamin Elks   At the end of October, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) released the 50th edition of their annual Good Beer Guide (GBG). The guide is packed with recommendations for finding a tasty pint in a pub near you.    But sadly, a lot has changed in... Read more...

The War on Waste Blog: October 2022

By Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager   October was a month of horrors. And no, not just Halloween. But the prospect of tax rises are set against the backdrop of another bumper month of TPA waste-gathering. Some claim there’s no more fat to be trimmed. Taxpayers must think they live... Read more...

Public bodies in bed with transgender lobby groups

Earlier this month another controversy rocked the embattled charity Mermaids, when a Trustee was found to have given a speech to a paedophile aid group. While the charity has been in the news a lot recently, its long-standing connection to public bodies since 2012 has flown under the radar. Earlier... Read more...

The hidden cost of inflation

by Dr. Mike Jones, researcher   As we’ve written before, inflation is the ultimate stealth tax. We all feel the effects of it when we buy our weekly shopping, fill up our cars, or pay our energy bills. On Wednesday, it was announced that consumer price index (CPI) inflation for... Read more...

A taxpayer-friendly language guide for the BBC

One of the major criticisms levelled by many towards the BBC is its ability (or lack thereof) to maintain impartiality. This is usually most evident by the political affiliations of the guests it has on - often failing to declare they are activists for major political parties. However, there are... Read more...

Facing down trade unions

by Benjamin Elks, fundraising, operations and events assistant    Over the summer, taxpayers across the country had to deal with industrial unrest. But this was not the end of the story, with a fresh round of strikes already underway and set to get worse during the Conservative Party Conference starting... Read more...

Can we trust Trussonomics?

By Duncan Simpson, chief economist at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   It’s been a crazy fortnight. It feels like a lifetime ago, but it was only the start of this month that the new government under Liz Truss announced a massive state intervention in the energy market. And now we may... Read more...

Princes and Paupers - who should pay inheritance tax?

By Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance   The death of Her Majesty The Queen has been refreshingly free of political debate. Outside of the fringes, most have come together in a touching display of affection and respect for a job well done and a life well... Read more...

How the Queen touched the lives of TPA staff members

The TaxPayers’ Alliance mourns the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.    We join the whole nation in thanking her for a life of exemplary service. The loss to the country is immeasurable. But the loss is also felt personally, by those whose lives she touched in some way. ... Read more...

Do tax cuts fuel the inflation fire?

By Fred Hill The Tory leadership contest has resurrected an age-old debate about the best economic policy to tackle rising prices. There’s been a lot of commentary in the media about the danger of cutting taxes at a time when inflation is spiralling out of control. Rishi Sunak recently claimed... Read more...

Dodgy degrees cost us all dearly

By Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance   Today marks the end of  A-Level results week, a time of elation for some and disappointment for others. It’s no wonder that this is such an emotional week for young hopefuls, given that A-Level grades are the gatekeepers for... Read more...

Renationalisation of water industry won’t wash away problems

By Joanna Marchong Following weeks of dry weather across the country, many water companies have issued hosepipe bans and encouraged consumers to conserve supplies. A lot of media attention has been focused on the amount of water lost to leaks by water providers. As Robert Colvile rightly wrote recently, “The... Read more...

Full throttle: Cutting fuel duty will boost the economy

By Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance The cost of living crisis shows no signs of abating. Millions of households across the country are facing rising bills. Many of them rely on their cars to do the weekly shop, ferry the kids around and everything in between... Read more...

UKHSA: Triumph or failure?

By Tom Ryan, researcher   Back in May 2020, at the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic, TPA researcher Scott Simmonds wrote that “instead of focusing on the more important remit of planning and preparing for health emergencies, PHE has been the ultimate embodiment of the nanny state”. Since then, Public... Read more...

10 things you need to know about regional pay bargaining

There’s been a big (Twitter) row about the policy of regional pay bargaining, which we detailed at the weekend. It was initially adopted by Liz Truss’ leadership campaign, who now say they won’t take the proposal forward.  Some have claimed the policy is a “massive pay cut” (simply not true);... Read more...

It's time to scrap national pay bargaining

by Benjamin Elks, Fundraising, Operations and Events Assistant at the TaxPayers' Alliance   It’s a challenging time for everyone. Inflation is running at almost 10 per cent and the tax burden is due to reach a 70 year high. So it’s understandable that people want some relief and a pay rise... Read more...

Spend, borrow, spend: Britain’s debt crisis

by Joanna Marchong   Last week, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released new stats on the state of the public sector finances for June 2022. These figures show that almost a year after the pandemic, we still have high spending levels, an equally shocking level of borrowing and significant... Read more...

The new government must recommit to axing the TV tax

by Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager   The TaxPayers’ Alliance has long called for serious, far reaching reform of public service broadcasting. We have railed against wasteful spending at the BBC and challenged the organisation on its establishment outlook, which often ignores the concerns of typical taxpayers and tends towards... Read more...

Back small businesses by cutting taxes

By Ethan Wilkinson, owner of Great Gelato    Back in March 2020, when the first lockdown was ordered by the UK Government, we seriously considered dissolving my wife’s cake business. We couldn’t see how the small side hustle could possibly survive, given that in a matter of moments, all events... Read more...

It's time to put the brakes on fuel duty

By Sara Rainwater, operations director at the TaxPayers' Alliance   As the cost of living crisis deepens, the amount drivers are paying at the pump has hit an all time high - prices hit an average of 191.53 pence for unleaded and 199.03 pence for diesel according to the RAC... Read more...

The public sector pay premium

By Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager    Life is tough right now. A 70-year high tax burden and soaring inflation has produced the perfect storm. Taxpayers are feeling the pressure and most people are being forced to make changes to their lifestyles.   But while no one is immune, some... Read more...

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