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Hey big-spender: Large spending local authorities

By Sam Packer, media campaign manager  As we enter a new year with a new government, it is worth reflecting that a significant proportion of the decisions made on how to spend taxpayer money spent will not be taken by anyone new - because large-scale budgets are the responsibility of... Read more...

SAS: End of retro-socialism?

By Sam Packer, media campaign manager Jeremy Corbyn’s retro-socialist Labour party have been defeated in a general election. Not merely bested, but genuinely beaten. Their hare-brained prospectus for government was unpopular enough that the party is the first opposition in British history to have substantially fewer seats after nine straight... Read more...

Taxpayer manifesto: which TPA policies have been picked up?

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst  The TaxPayers’ Alliance is non-partisan, aiming to spread our core messages of lower taxes, better services and improved accountability across the political spectrum. We believe that people spend their money far better than politicians and bureaucrats, and tax and spending policies should reflect that.  We... Read more...

Bringing the BBC into the 21st Century

By Sam Packer, media campaign manager Last Thursday was the UN’s world television day. Established in the 1990s, and perhaps not the most widely celebrated awareness day in an age where a new one arrives weekly, it is nonetheless a helpful reminder that television remains the single most used form... Read more...

Daylight Robbery steals the show

By Sam Packer, media campaign manager Perhaps it is not surprising that it has taken a comedian to make tax remotely funny. Libertarian comedian Dominic Frisby has written a hugely readable, well-researched text about the history, reality and future of tax which can draw the occasional chuckle. It is also... Read more...

Why a tip tax is a load of rubbish

by Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance In 2018-19 there were over a million incidents of fly-tipping in England and nearly two-thirds of cases involved household rubbish. It's no surprise that council waste collection is discussed again and again on local radio stations all over the nation.... Read more...

TPA responds to IFS report on council tax

by Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager A new report released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has analysed funding for local authorities and made a series of recommendations. Few would challenge the IFS' argument that the present funding model is unsustainable and alternative solutions must be sought. As many... Read more...

SAS: Blockade on freedom, 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst On this day thirty years ago, the infamous Berlin Wall finally fell. For 28 years the wall stood, guarded by thousands of Soviet soldiers. For that time it divided families, split communities, and kept over a million Berliners from travelling freely throughout their homeland. Even... Read more...

SAS: Socialism, future or failure?

By Scott Simmonds, Researcher at TaxPayers' Alliance Socialism, and socialist ideas, are having something of a revival at the moment. Like some obscure 70’s bands you thought were long gone, socialism is now touring again, captivating a newer younger audience.With this in mind, the TaxPayers’ Alliance ‘Stand Against Socialism’ campaign... Read more...

The State of Play: why the free market will win the Rugby World Cup

By Sam Packer, Media Campaign Manager Tomorrow morning England’s rugby players will attempt to be the second of the nation’s major sporting sides to be crowned champions of the world in 2019, following the cricket side’s July triumph. It is sometimes said in Westminster that sporting success means good news for the poll ratings... Read more...

UK Taxes: Potential for Growth

Article written by Elke Asen of the Tax Foundation. The United Kingdom ranks 25th in our recently released 2019 International Tax Competitiveness Index, a study that measures and compares how well OECD countries promote sustainable economic growth and investment through competitive and neutral tax systems. While the UK has improved its rank by one spot compared to... Read more...