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How does the State spend £100 of your money?

By Shimeon Lee Over the past decade growth in public sector spending has been monumental. The average person would find it difficult to understand the sheer scale of public spending when looking at official statistics. Spending by government departments often runs into the tens and even hundreds of billions, with... Read more...

The cost of the diversity demagogues

By: Benjamin Elks, grassroots development manager   Early last year we launched a campaign to ditch the diversity demagogues, to channel the endless fury of taxpayers towards the massive cost being imposed by the EDI industry on the public sector. The tens of thousands of people who signed our petition... Read more...

What would the TPA have thought of the empire?

By: Kristian Niemietz, editorial director and head of political economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs   In the 18th and 19th centuries, public spending and taxation in Britain were only a fraction of what they are today. The main drivers of current-day government spending, such as healthcare, education, and... Read more...

The sickly civil service

By: Jonathan Eida, researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   It has been a long time since Britain shook off the label of the sick man of Europe. The strong economic growth that developed over the course of a number of decades spanning the eighties, nineties and noughties helped alter the... Read more...

The Rwanda plan: is it really worth it?

By: Elliot Keck, head of campaigns   So, the Rwanda bill has passed. Two years on from the scheme being announced, we’re finally going to see flights take off. Taxpayers will get to see whether a key plank of the government’s plan to tackle illegal immigration will actually work.    The... Read more...

Increasing defence spending isn’t a silver bullet

By William Yarwood, Media Campaign Manager With World War 3 supposedly on the horizon, defence spending has become the latest political football which politicians of all colours have been taking their best shot at kicking around. Conservative MPs, including Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, have been insisting that the government needs... Read more...

The tobacco ban is an evidence free mess

By: Benjamin Elks, grassroots development manager   Rishi Sunak’s generational smoking ban gets its second reading today. The bill seeks to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco by one year every year from 2027 - meaning no one who turns 15 this year will ever legally buy tobacco in... Read more...

Ten takeaways from Town Hall Rich List 2024

By William Yarwood, Media Campaign Manager We have recently released the 17th edition of our annual Town Hall Rich List. This piece of research reveals the top bureaucrats and council bosses who have been receiving hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayer money over the last financial year.Let’s look at... Read more...

War on Waste: January - March 2024

If you thought this year would be a turning point for the public sector, think again. The TaxPayers’ Alliance’s war on waste campaign is having to be as active as ever, identifying  wasteful spending left, right, and centre.    For our first discovery of the year, the spotlight shone on... Read more...

Hold the front page: how efficiently does local government communicate?

By: Shimeon Lee, researcher at the TaxPayers' Alliance   Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), made headlines this week over demands for compensation stemming from changes to the state pension age. They argue that many women received inadequate notice of the changes, a claim that has been bolstered by the... Read more...

British governance needs to decentralise

By: Charles Amos, author of the Musing Individualist Substack   In Britain the financing and spending of government is heavily centralised. In 2022 local government raised just 4.84 per cent of total government revenue, a stark contrast to   Germany at 33.79 per cent, Switzerland at 41.30 per cent, and... Read more...

Budget 2024 - the good and the bad

By: Elliot Keck, head of campaigns   Budget day has rarely delivered good news for taxpayers in recent years. Understandably, many probably view it with trepidation - after all, things can always get worse. This week was a damp squib - things certainly didn’t get worse, but they can hardly... Read more...

Twelve things the government shouldn't do: Subsidies

By: Callum McGoldrick, researcher at the TaxPayers' Alliance   In the second of series of blogs looking at 12 things the government shouldn’t be doing, we take a look at just a few of the subsidies handed out by Whitehall, unnecessarily, expensively and often counterproductively.    Indiscriminate subsidies State subsidies... Read more...

How does the UK compare to G7 nations for cutting income tax?

By: Jonathan Eida, researcher   Taxpayers in the UK have been struggling through a cost-of-living crisis. The tax burden is currently at a 70 year high. Alongside this record tax burden, the public have faced higher levels of inflation and increasing interest rates, impacting mortgage payers.   The impact is... Read more...

Twelve things the government shouldn't do: Institutions

By: Callum McGoldrick, researcher at the TaxPayers' Alliance   The UK has a record high tax burden, harming growth and hitting household budgets. But to sustainably bring down this tax burden, there needs to be a serious conversation about what the state should do, and what it shouldn't.    This... Read more...

The undeniable link between tax and growth

By: John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance   The TPA revealed this week that the number of people paying income tax has soared by 4.5 million. This matters, because tax has a detrimental impact on people's decision-making. Workers might decide to work fewer hours or less hard, perhaps... Read more...

The War on Waste Blog: November and December 2023

By: Joanna Marchong, investigations campaign manager   Ending the year with a bang, the TaxPayers’ Alliance’s war on waste campaign had a few explosive revelations of wasteful spending across the public sector.   The woke agenda now permeates every part of the public sector, at huge cost to taxpayers.The NHS... Read more...

A tale of two councils

by Jonathan Eida, researcher   Holding local councils to account requires an understanding of their funding mechanisms. This blog serves to lift the lid on council funding and see what lies beneath. With this comes several significant takeaways. Mismanagement plays a significant role in defining council tax decisions. Croydon Council... Read more...

Channel 4 should be sold before it’s too late

By Joanna Marchong, investigations campaign manager   Channel 4 hangs over taxpayers like the sword of Damocles. While the corporation does not directly rely on government support for its day-to-day finances, what it does have is the assurance that should the coffers run dry, taxpayers will ultimately come to their... Read more...

The London Underground is under fire

Today is the London Underground's 161st anniversary, but it is unlikely many will be in a celebratory mood.  The London Underground is the oldest transport system in the world, opening in 1863 with steam locomotives. It has since extended to a network which is 408 kilometres long, transporting Londoners across... Read more...

The TPA's year in review

The past year has been another stellar year for the TPA, even if it hasn’t been a great year for taxpayers. We’ve once again revealed massive amounts of wasted government spending and have held the public sector to account at every level. Here are our 12 highlights of the year.... Read more...

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