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Funding for district councils

by Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager Funding for local government has been a major issue in recent years and one that continues to divide opinion. Indeed, the TPA recently held a debate considering whether councils should spend taxpayers’ money on commercial property and investments. Councillors Ferris Cowper and Gerald Vernon-Jackson... Read more...

The coalition government: nine years on

It’s nine years since that saunter through the rose garden of Downing Street. A curious bonhomie was on show that sunny day in May 2010. The coalition had a stab at fiscal retrenchment. Adjusting for inflation, total managed expenditure fell by £5 billion between 2009-10 and 2014-15, from £824 billion... Read more...

SAS: When privatisation works

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst For decades the Communication Workers Union (CWU, formerly the postal workers union) fought privatisation of Royal Mail under both Conservative and Labour governments. But the union proved no match for the combined... Read more...

SAS: Economic policies across the commonwealth

To learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst Today marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. To mark this auspicious occasion, let’s take a look at some of the economic policies of our friends around the world to see what... Read more...

Automate the State: health and social care

by John O'Connell, Chief Executive Tomorrow, we're launching the next paper in our series on introducing more automation in the public sector. A lot of our work at the TPA focuses on fighting for lower taxes. But the flip side of the coin is securing better services. With the tax... Read more...

SAS: Che Guevara t-shirts aren't woke

To learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. by Duncan Simpson, Policy Analyst The terrorist chic of the Che Guevara t-shirt has had remarkable staying power. If you put his name into eBay, you get a staggering 36,000 results. Yet leading figures on the left and... Read more...

The costs of a Garden Tax

It’s that time of year again: the bills are going up. April has arrived and brought with it a flood of eye-watering rises, not least the calls to cough up yet more council tax. Across England, the typical household is facing a nasty 4.7 per cent rise. Council leaders are... Read more...

12 years of Town Hall Rich Lists

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst The TaxPayers’ Alliance released its first Town Hall Rich List in 2007. Since then we have published it 12 times covering 13 years up to the present. When we first compiled the Rich List the data was compiled via Freedom of Information requests. This garnered... Read more...

Why sugar taxes are a bad idea

by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst The Soft Drinks Industry Levy, more commonly referred to as the sugar tax, came into force one year ago today. Although it’s only been in force for one year, let’s have a look at its impact so far and why sugar taxes are a bad... Read more...

SAS: Socialism and the right to say, read, think and do

To learn more about the Stand Against Socialism Campaign, click here. by Chloe Westley, Campaign ManagerThe freedom to question and criticise the government is essential for any free and democratic society. Journalists and ordinary citizens should absolutely have the right to hold those in elected office accountable for their actions.... Read more...

What is wrong with corporation tax?

by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy AnalystToday marks April Fools’ Day. We all know the drill: unfunny pranks played on unsuspecting and irritated victims. Perhaps this is why, on this day in 1965, corporation tax was put into effect. It was believed at the time by the tax consultant John Chown that,... Read more...

Aide memoire: why capitalism is the solution to global poverty

by Jeremy Hutton, Policy AnalystOn Monday, we launched the first paper in our new series on foreign aid - First aid: Fixing international development. Massive thanks to Priti Patel, former aid secretary, who joined us for the launch and gave us her insights.  While government is already picking up many... Read more...

Raise a glass to the Celtic Tiger

By Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst With punters pouring into pubs today for St Patrick’s Day, let’s talk about Ireland. It has pulled off one of the most impressive economic u-turns in recent memory. The Republic was hit particularly hard by the global financial crisis and subsequently fell into recession. It... Read more...

The cost of dying is set to rise

UPDATE: Higher probate fees are a tax, admits the government after charge increase for grieving families was introduced to generate an extra £155 million a year by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy AnalystUnder the innocuous sounding ‘Non-Contentious Probate (Fees Order)’, the government looks sets to push ahead with its plans to hike the... Read more...

The tax code is a dog's breakfast

By Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst  After the annual dog show, Crufts, it’s clear that the UK is a nation of animal lovers. According to the PDSA, in their appropriately named “Paw” report, 49 per cent of UK adults own a pet. This breaks down to 11.1 million cats, 8.9 million... Read more...

SAS: Learning lessons from across the world

To learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. by Chloe Westley, Campaign Manager At the TPA, we believe in lower taxes and better public services, because these policies have been proven to improve the lives of millions of people across the world. In stark comparison, socialism... Read more...

SAS: Socialism is not the answer to crony capitalism

Click here to learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy AnalystDespite lifting over a billion people out of poverty and raising the standard of living in a way that is unprecedented in human history, capitalism has an image problem. It is seen... Read more...

SAS: 10 Things No One Tells You About Living Under Socialism

To learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. 1. It’s really difficult to get online In a country like Cuba, don’t count on being able to use Google Maps to find your way around. As for using your phone to order a takeaway or find that... Read more...

SAS: Why should the TPA Stand Against Socialism?

To learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. by John O'Connell, Chief Executive It's a truth, unfortunately not universally acknowledged, that not all countries have started on the path to socialist ruin with hardline socialist governments. The march to statism doesn't only happen with the guys... Read more...

And the winner is...

by Chloe Westley, Campaign Manager Awards season is upon us! Cue the flashing lights, teary acceptance speeches about smashing the patriarchy, selfies on the catwalk and bickering online over the best and worst dressed Hollywood stars. It’s the epitome of celebrity culture in the 21st century - glitzy, narcissistic, a... Read more...

Is it time to scrap the TV licence?

by Richard Mason - Research Fellow at Consumer Choice CenterAbout half a century ago, Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter wrote in his book Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy about a concept he called ‘creative destruction’. Derived from the previous works of Marx, Schumpeter perceived economic growth under capitalism as a destructive force... Read more...

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