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Rewarding incompetence: Local Government Finance Settlement 2020

by Kieran Neild-Ali, grassroots assistant at the TaxPayers' Alliance The 2020-21 Local Government Finance Settlement has proposed an increase in central government funding for councils across England. The government package includes a new £1.41 billion Social Care Grant for adult and children’s services. That is an additional £1 billion in... Read more...

Back to Budget basics: preaching the case for prudence

by Darwin Friend, Researcher at the TaxPayers' Alliance   At the last Budget in October 2018, the then chancellor Philip Hammond triumphantly declared that austerity was over. With the deficit cut, it was job done and he suggested that now was the time to turn the taps on and increase... Read more...

Scots suffer SNP's fiscal failings

By Darwin Friend, researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance  The calamitous backdrop of Derek Mackay, the Scottish finance minister resigning hours before he was due to deliver his budget last week was a fairly poignant analogy for the SNP’s financial record. It illustrated the terrible judgement and farcical ineptitude with which... Read more...

TPA visits English Riviera to deliver low tax message

Our chief executive John O’Connell was invited to address the South West Conservatives’ conference recently. John addressed more than 250 conference delegates on Saturday, 8th February in sunny Torquay, setting out the TPA's recommendations for lower taxes. He gave them an overview of The Single Income Tax report, and made the case for immediate... Read more...

The government wants a bigger slice of your pizza

By Owen Brown   If you’re having some mates round, are off for an awkward Tinder date or just can’t be bothered to cook, why not grab a pizza on National Pizza Day? Unfortunately for lovers and providers alike, dark days could lie ahead for the nation’s favourite takeaway vendors. ... Read more...

The Digital Services Tax won’t help Britain’s hollow high streets

By Islay Aitchison, Researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance    Last month, during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the chancellor confirmed the government has opted to appease the anti-enterprise forces that make up so much of the British and global elite. The Digital Services Tax (DST)... Read more...

Far too taxing: Why it’s time to simplify self-assessment

By Darwin Friend, researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance The annual event which businesses across the country fear is upon us: the deadline for self-assessment tax returns. With 4.96 million Britons self-employed and rising, a simpler system of self-assessment should be a priority for the government. Unfortunately, it continues to be... Read more...

Does Davos mean "summit" ?

by Islay May Aitchison, researcher at the TaxPayers' AllianceThis week, the planet’s best and brightest minds are meeting in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The rest of us are told it’s a critical moment of corporate and governmental collaboration — through panel discussions and informal talks,... Read more...

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...