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Can we trust Trussonomics?

By Duncan Simpson, chief economist at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   It’s been a crazy fortnight. It feels like a lifetime ago, but it was only the start of this month that the new government under Liz Truss announced a massive state intervention in the energy market. And now we may... Read more...

Princes and Paupers - who should pay inheritance tax?

By Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance   The death of Her Majesty The Queen has been refreshingly free of political debate. Outside of the fringes, most have come together in a touching display of affection and respect for a job well done and a life well... Read more...

How the Queen touched the lives of TPA staff members

The TaxPayers’ Alliance mourns the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.    We join the whole nation in thanking her for a life of exemplary service. The loss to the country is immeasurable. But the loss is also felt personally, by those whose lives she touched in some way. ... Read more...

Do tax cuts fuel the inflation fire?

By Fred Hill The Tory leadership contest has resurrected an age-old debate about the best economic policy to tackle rising prices. There’s been a lot of commentary in the media about the danger of cutting taxes at a time when inflation is spiralling out of control. Rishi Sunak recently claimed... Read more...

Dodgy degrees cost us all dearly

By Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance   Today marks the end of  A-Level results week, a time of elation for some and disappointment for others. It’s no wonder that this is such an emotional week for young hopefuls, given that A-Level grades are the gatekeepers for... Read more...

Renationalisation of water industry won’t wash away problems

By Joanna Marchong Following weeks of dry weather across the country, many water companies have issued hosepipe bans and encouraged consumers to conserve supplies. A lot of media attention has been focused on the amount of water lost to leaks by water providers. As Robert Colvile rightly wrote recently, “The... Read more...

Full throttle: Cutting fuel duty will boost the economy

By Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance The cost of living crisis shows no signs of abating. Millions of households across the country are facing rising bills. Many of them rely on their cars to do the weekly shop, ferry the kids around and everything in between... Read more...

UKHSA: Triumph or failure?

By Tom Ryan, researcher   Back in May 2020, at the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic, TPA researcher Scott Simmonds wrote that “instead of focusing on the more important remit of planning and preparing for health emergencies, PHE has been the ultimate embodiment of the nanny state”. Since then, Public... Read more...

10 things you need to know about regional pay bargaining

There’s been a big (Twitter) row about the policy of regional pay bargaining, which we detailed at the weekend. It was initially adopted by Liz Truss’ leadership campaign, who now say they won’t take the proposal forward.  Some have claimed the policy is a “massive pay cut” (simply not true);... Read more...

It's time to scrap national pay bargaining

by Benjamin Elks, Fundraising, Operations and Events Assistant at the TaxPayers' Alliance   It’s a challenging time for everyone. Inflation is running at almost 10 per cent and the tax burden is due to reach a 70 year high. So it’s understandable that people want some relief and a pay rise... Read more...

Spend, borrow, spend: Britain’s debt crisis

by Joanna Marchong   Last week, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released new stats on the state of the public sector finances for June 2022. These figures show that almost a year after the pandemic, we still have high spending levels, an equally shocking level of borrowing and significant... Read more...

The new government must recommit to axing the TV tax

by Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager   The TaxPayers’ Alliance has long called for serious, far reaching reform of public service broadcasting. We have railed against wasteful spending at the BBC and challenged the organisation on its establishment outlook, which often ignores the concerns of typical taxpayers and tends towards... Read more...

Back small businesses by cutting taxes

By Ethan Wilkinson, owner of Great Gelato    Back in March 2020, when the first lockdown was ordered by the UK Government, we seriously considered dissolving my wife’s cake business. We couldn’t see how the small side hustle could possibly survive, given that in a matter of moments, all events... Read more...

It's time to put the brakes on fuel duty

By Sara Rainwater, operations director at the TaxPayers' Alliance   As the cost of living crisis deepens, the amount drivers are paying at the pump has hit an all time high - prices hit an average of 191.53 pence for unleaded and 199.03 pence for diesel according to the RAC... Read more...

The public sector pay premium

By Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager    Life is tough right now. A 70-year high tax burden and soaring inflation has produced the perfect storm. Taxpayers are feeling the pressure and most people are being forced to make changes to their lifestyles.   But while no one is immune, some... Read more...

Why the government must keep a lid on public sector pay rises

Earlier this week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released new stats that show exactly why we need to control public sector pay rises. The data showed a substantial increase in borrowing and a sharp increase in public sector net debt - which currently stands at £2.4 trillion, an increase... Read more...

Facing down facility time

By Emily Preston   Taxpayers have funded trade union facility time since the Employment Protection Act of 1975. This legislation has allowed for trade union representatives, some spending up to 100 per cent of their working hours, to undertake union ‘duties’ and ‘activities’. These include collective bargaining over pay and... Read more...

The Khan review: making choice obsolete

by Tom Ryan, researcher   Last week the government published Dr Javed Khan’s independent review, ‘making smoking obsolete’ as part of its smokefree 2030 policy. The 15 recommendations of the paper are part of a long tradition of going after British smokers, and like the proposals of previous decades, seek... Read more...

Rishi’s energy cost strategy is proven to fail

by David Taylor, Councillor for St Edward's, Havering   On 26th May, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new windfall tax on energy companies. Well, he didn’t call it a windfall tax, because that was Labour’s plan. Instead he called it a ‘temporary targeted energy profits levy’.   The fact that... Read more...

Let’s raise a glass to the Queen and to cheaper pints!

By Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   This week millions of Brits will raise a glass to Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate the platinum jubilee. One pub chain was so keen to help the festivities that it slashed the price of a pint of beer.... Read more...

“Woke capitalists” should be careful what they wish for

By Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   The World Economic Forum at Davos is the starkest possible example of the difference between free-market capitalism, and stakeholder, corporate capitalism. In the former case, government produces and enforces a set of clear, easy to follow rules. In the... Read more...

Five of the strangest taxes in history

by Elliot Keck, investigations campaigns manager   The UK’s tax code is notoriously long - 17,000 pages long. Within this there are countless examples of unnecessary, unnecessarily complex and downright harmful taxes and tax exemptions. Of course this isn’t a recent phenomenon. The history of taxation is littered with examples of... Read more...

The injustice of the Judicial Pension Scheme

by Benjamin Elks, fundraising, operations and events assistant For many people, pensions aren’t worth worrying about until they’re nearing retirement. A focus on their careers, saving to buy a home or start a family more often take precedence over saving for the golden years.    In 2012, the government introduced... Read more...

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