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It's time to make the stamp duty holiday permanent

By Sara Rainwater, Operations Director   Buying a home is one of the most exciting - yet often most stressful - times in a person’s life. The overly complex buying and selling process in England can take its toll on even the most resilient of people. I’ve moved country, done... Read more...

5 times government procurement cost taxpayers dear

By Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance The National Audit Office published its report on government procurement during the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday. It highlights a number of issues around public sector procurement - of which the TPA has long called for serious reform.  But just how... Read more...

Intergenerational fairness: Reforming the triple lock

Kieran Neild-Ali, grassroots assistant   British businesses have been dragged kicking and screaming back into a nationwide lockdown. Many shops, pubs and restaurants will sadly close their doors forever. The health of Britain's economy is in a desperate state.  This is also true of an entire generation of young people... Read more...

The Sovereign Grant needs a reality check

Duncan Simpson, research director   Popular Netflix series The Crown has gripped viewers around the world. It is a homage to the life of Queen Elizabeth II, detailing the history of 20th century Britain and cementing the relevance of the monarchy as a cultural and political asset of the nation.... Read more...

Tax reform should focus on growing GDP, not extracting revenue from it

Rory Meakin, research fellow of the TaxPayers' Alliance   The Resolution Foundation published Unhealthy finances yesterday, a report which highlights the fiscal damage being wreaked by coronavirus and makes the case for an austerity package to fall largely on taxpayers in middle Britain. Significant effort has clearly been put into it,... Read more...

Dear Office of Tax Simplification, now is not the time for a tax raid

By Duncan Simpson, research director of the TaxPayers' Alliance   The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published its report on overhauling capital gains tax. Much of the press coverage rightly presents the recommendations as radical. But the report itself is more measured than is often suggested.   Most of the... Read more...

Down Under: What the UK government can learn from Australia

By Scott Simmonds, researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   With public sector net borrowing totalling £36.1 billion in September, the financial difficulty the UK is storing up for future taxpayers cannot be ignored. Figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility show that the UK deficit so far has already topped... Read more...

The Redmond Review Debunked

By Kieran Neild-Ali, grassroots assistant   Time and time again, local authorities are caught red handed by the TaxPayers’ Alliance wasting taxpayers’ money and raising taxes - giving ratepayers a rotten deal. So when the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government commissioned Sir Tony Redmond to review the transparency... Read more...

Corona restrictions ‘killing us’: Pubs fear its time at the bar

By Kieran Neild-Ali, grassroots assistant.    Lockdown has two sides: the very personal tale of socially distanced interaction with family and friends, and the sobering effect these measures have had on our jobs and the wider economy. But in some cases, the personal and the economic impacts of the government's... Read more...

Croydon Council - a tale of mismanagement

By Michael Swadling of the Croydon Constitutionalists   Did you know councils can’t go bankrupt? No matter how much of taxpayers’ money they risk on dodgy investments, mismanagement and harebrained schemes, they’re always protected from total financial collapse. The only way to stop councils spending reckless sums is by issuing... Read more...

‘Build Back Better’ will only Bankrupt Britain

By Kieran Neild-Ali, grassroots assistant   For many people, these political party conferences have been a busted flush. A series of pre-planned and therefore pointless speeches, delivered deadpan to a webcam.      But as we face the worst recession in Europe, what the Prime Minister has to say about the... Read more...

A four day working week? Leave it to the boss

In the past, the mention of a four day working week may have transported you back to the horrors of 1970s socialism or Edward Heath’s infamous three day week. But all such gloomy imagery has largely disappeared. In 2020, a four day week is firmly on the political agenda.   ... Read more...

In the Red: Is Labour now the party of fiscal responsibility?

First there was ‘New Labour’ and now there's ‘New Leadership’, with Sir Keir Starmer turning on the charm offensive in a bid to bag your vote. But does Keir's Labour Party do what it says on the tin? Has he abandoned the hardline socialist platform the party stood on in... Read more...

Raising the roof: cuts in stamp duty should be permanent

by Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   This crisis has confirmed many home truths. Always wash your hands. You can always trust the government to waste money. When the chips are down, don’t expect nanny state quangocrats to know what they’re doing. There’s no such thing... Read more...

10 times quangos got it wrong

by Kieran Neild, grassroots assistant at the TaxPayers' Alliance   The TPA has tirelessly campaigned to cut back the quangocracy. We recognise that quangos are unaccountable, a burden to the taxpayer and often not fit for purpose. David Cameron's promise of a bonfire of quangos in 2010 has been well... Read more...

Keeping track: independent oversight of HS2 is badly needed

by Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance.   Since High Speed 2 (HS2) was first imagined the TaxPayers’ Alliance has doggedly campaigned against this monstrosity of a transportation project. As I’ve said on many occasions, HS2 has consistently over-promised and under-delivered, which is exactly why it should... Read more...

Positive twitter day: Something we can all agree on?

By Kieran Neild-Ali, grassroots assistant   The TaxPayers’ Alliance receives amazing support from thousands of people. Whether it's small business owners angry at business rates, students campaigning to axe the BBC licence fee, a potential homeowner worried about stamp duty or a pensioner suffering under another inflation-busting council tax rise... Read more...

The secret arm of the state: Unaccountable government contracts

by Kieran Neild-Ali, grassroots assistant at the TaxPayers' Alliance   It is no secret that the government gives public contracts to private companies. Departments and government agencies will tender a contract to private companies to provide public services, build hospitals and schools or supply public bodies. In principle, and in... Read more...

It's time for root and branch reform of the UK tax system

by Kieran Neild, grassroots assistant at the TaxPayers' AllianceTaxation affects every part of our lives. Whether it's buying food, going on holiday or even taking home a paycheque - our income and consumption is touched in some way by HMRC. This is of course not a recent phenomenon. In a... Read more...

10 more quangos that can kindle the bonfire

by Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance Back in June, I laid out the case for abolishing ten quangos in an attempt to reignite the “bonfire” that former PM David Cameron failed to keep going. Plenty of TPA supporters have been asking me: were those to be... Read more...

The government cannot tax its way out of the pandemic

By Scott Simmonds, researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   Britain is grappling with the harrowing economic difficulties created in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. While signs of recovery have been small thus far, public spending and tax receipts are steadying. HMRC tax receipts for June this year have revealed... Read more...

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