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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...

The pandemic isn't over for pubs yet

By Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager   The past year has been a disaster for pubs - just ask anyone in the industry. Even now they’re fully open (albeit with many lingering restrictions) the nightmare isn’t over. Industry data released this morning by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirms... Read more...

What VAT cuts mean to publicans like me

By Steve Reynolds, chef and owner of The Stagg Inn in Titley, Herefordshire   Covid-19 has been a nightmare for the proprietors of the pubs millions of homeworkers once frequented. For many of us, the last 15 months has been the worst in memory. Some have innovated by offering cook-at-home... Read more...

How do we pay off our covid debt?

By Scott Simmonds, researcher    The Office for National Statistics's (ONS) release of the public sector finances today reveals the financial impact a year of coronavirus restrictions has had on the economy and subsequently public sector borrowing. It may not be as bad as expected, but the figures still make... Read more...

HMRC faces a huge challenge when it comes to Bitcoin

By Charles Amos, regional coordinator for the TaxPayers’ Alliance With the economy still in turmoil and the prospect of impending inflation, some are looking to something called ‘Bitcoin’ to secure the value of their money.  Whether you’re interested in investing in Bitcoin or not, at a market capitalisation of over... Read more...

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