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Taxpayers deserve a level playing field between HMRC and Jobcentre Plus

By John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance   Taxpayers pay a small fortune for the welfare system. The benefits system cost a whopping £249 billion last year, with the department that administers welfare (via Jobcentre Plus) and pensions employing around 80,000 people. Through universal credit, it provides a safety... Read more...

Five Budget asks from the British public

By Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance Last week, my colleague Scott Simmonds and I embarked on a whistlestop tour of the country to gauge the mood of the public ahead of next week’s Budget and the Spending Review. Covering over 600 miles in three days, we... Read more...

(Don’t) let them eat cake!

By Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager   Today is National Dessert Day - a day to celebrate all kinds of wonderful food. Cream cakes! Ice cream! Chocolate puddings! All the things the government says we aren’t supposed to eat...   That list of course is growing, and has been under... Read more...

The best of ThinkTent 2021

It’s almost the end of the party conference season. For a few weeks every year, politicos descend on exhibition venues somewhere outside London and spend days on end watching speeches and debating policies.   The same goes for us at TaxPayers’ Alliance. Whether it's responding to the big speech from... Read more...

Council commercial properties: will the bubble burst?

By Darwin Friend, policy analyst   Prudence with taxpayers’ money should always be at the forefront of decision making by officials in local authorities. Yet this is often not the case. From six-figure pay packets for staff to millions lost on council owned energy companies, the wastage of public money... Read more...

Now is not the time to end the hospitality VAT cut

by Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager   The TaxPayers’ Alliance has written extensively on the plight of struggling sectors, in particular the hospitality industry, as the country has begun to emerge from the pandemic. According to the latest retail stats from Office for National Statistics (ONS), it seems that the... Read more...

15 questions for the government on national insurance

This week may see the announcement of a rise in national insurance, as part of the PM’s plan to fix social care.    It’s fair to say the idea has gone down like a cup of cold sick. Many have pointed out this tax hike on working people would fly... Read more...

Act of faith? How can we prove we should be funding religious charities?

by Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager    The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published its annual report for 2020-21 and it raises interesting questions when it comes to grants funded by taxpayers’ money. Under Section 70 of the Charities Act 2006, ministers are permitted to “give... Read more...

Council bosses’ golden goodbyes are on the rise

by Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager   The TPA has a long history of calling out wasteful spending by councils, particularly when it comes to staff pay and overly generous exit packages. Through our Town Hall Rich List series, we’ve highlighted some of the grotesque remuneration paid to senior staff... Read more...

It’s time to junk sin taxes

by Jonathan Eida The question of whether we choose to maintain personal responsibility or whether our lives are ruled by a central authority has taken many forms in recent times. But as today is Junk Food Day, it’s worth talking about one particular battle. Freedom and personal responsibility go hand... Read more...

ONS stats show that we’re not out of the woods yet

by Jonathan Eida   Encouraging signs surrounding the UK’s economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic have emerged from the Office for National Statistics today. But these positive upticks in our economy come with a caveat. If we are to maintain our upwards trajectory and secure a healthy economic... Read more...

Taxes take the fizz out of National Prosecco Day

By Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager   Thank god it’s Friday - and this isn’t just your average Friday, it’s National Prosecco Day! But Brits popping open a bottle in celebration might not realise they’re paying more tax on their tipple of choice simply because it happens to be fizzy.... Read more...

Local referenda can curb council tax hikes

Voting in council elections can seem in equal parts very important and utterly pointless.    It’s important because the elected officials that have the biggest impact on our lives don’t sit in Whitehall, they sit in the town hall. When your bins are collected. Whether that new housing development gets... Read more...

How to save our high streets

By Scott Simmonds, researcher   Businesses on our high streets have been under huge pressure during the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple lockdowns have severely damaged footfall, exacerbating the trend of consumers shopping online. The hollowing out of these centres of our communities affects everyone and has led to high streets becoming... Read more...

Welsh tourism tax makes for a tough break

by Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager   The four nations of the United Kingdom are on course to unlock, but as many of us embark on a return to something more akin to normal life, the tourism industry remains shackled by covid restrictions. With options for travel overseas severely limited... Read more...

OBR reveals Britain’s finances in dire straits after coronavirus

by Tom Ryan, researcher at the TaxPayers' Alliance   The Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) released a report on Tuesday that warns public debt could reach levels not seen since the 1950s if the government does not get a handle on borrowing.    The pandemic has expanded government debt to... Read more...

BBC annual review 2021: the good, the bad, and the ugly

By Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager   The BBC annual report is out, which means another slew of info on the pay for top bosses and stars. This year the report reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly.    First, the good. The Beeb have finally taken note of... Read more...

The stamp duty cut success should not be forgotten

By Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager   Head to your local tonight, and you might see something strange: solicitors drinking and celebrating. Now, that might be because England thrashed Germany 2-0.   More likely, it’s because they are having their first night off since this time last year, when chancellor Rishi... Read more...

ONS data shows why the government must save to spend

by Scott Simmonds, researcher   Today’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) release of the public sector finances reveals the financial impact a year of coronavirus has had on public sector borrowing. With an opening of the economy almost within reach, government borrowing remains at near-record highs.   Here are some... Read more...

Tax breaks could be a boon for boozers and brewers

By Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager   Happy Beer Day! The sun may be shining, but after yesterday’s announced delay to ‘Freedom Day’, a dark cloud is hovering over the hospitality industry. There’s been vast coverage of how pubs have been affected by the pandemic (including our recent guest blog... Read more...

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