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Liverpool: The most important referendum of our time?

If I were running a council which needed to get its finances in order, spending £350,000 on a referendum asking residents’ permission to take more of their money would not be top of my to-do list. Remarkably this is precisely what Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson, wants to do. He is proposing... Read more...

Our Local Action Teams are a vital part of what we do

On Wednesday night (26 October) our local team in Hammersmith, which is being coordinated by local resident Mark, held their first get together to discuss campaigning in their area. These meetings are vitally important as we look to take our campaign across the country. The work we do from HQ... Read more...

The World Health Organization's transparency problem

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance in America released a damning report last week looking at the World Health Organization's (WHO) sub-agency that monitors tobacco policy. The report found that it is "failing taxpayers around the world and harming its own effort to reduce tobacco use". Naturally, they found wasteful spending aplenty too -... Read more...

Every NHS waste story reiterates the case for reform

This morning’s papers show what we have known for quite a long time: there are serious problems within the health service. The headlines alone make grim reading: Pointless treatments cost NHS £2bn a year – Times Ambulances wait nine hours outside A&E amid 'epidemic' of delays – Telegraph NHS trust... Read more...

Millions might have been wasted for nothing on Garden Bridge

Today the National Audit Office published its findings from its investigation into the Department for Transport’s grant of £30 million towards the construction of the Garden Bridge. It turns out that more than £20m of public money may have potentially been wasted. The controversial project requires £30m contributions from the... Read more...

Think Tent 2016 at Conservative Party Conference

Heading to Conservative Party Conference this year? Join us, alongside the IEA and the Free Enterprise Group, at our Think Tent for a variety of events with some fantastic speakers and panels. Take a look at the full line-up of events here Read more...

The Greater London Authority should reconsider the Garden Bridge scheme

Today the Mayor of London announced a formal inquiry into the controversial Garden Bridge, which requires £60m of taxpayer’s money to meet its £185m total budget. The project has already had significant problems with questions over the transparency of the procurement process, planning hurdles and the inability to raise the... Read more...

New Commons report shows the need to scrap HS2

Yesterday the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts published the latest report on the preparations for the High Speed 2 rail project. It demonstrates that Parliament and the public are still in the dark about crucial details – not least when the railway will open and how much it... Read more...

People are NOT happy to pay more taxes

Politicians on the left often talk about how happy people are to pay taxes. Half of voters have even said that they would be happy to pay more tax if it went to the NHS. Even after discounting for virtue signalling, figures, suggest this not the case. Today the Times... Read more...

Average household will pay £826,030 in taxes over a lifetime

New research from the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) reveals that the total amount of tax paid by the average household increased by 2.7 per cent in 2014-2015 on the previous year. Politicians of all stripes lament the high cost of living in the UK yet fail to address one of the major... Read more...

A lot remains to be done to cut waste in the NHS

Further spending reduction plans in the NHS have been reported today as NHS England, which needs to find £22bn in efficiency savings by 2020-21, said reorganising local services is essential to improve patient care. The draft sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) include proposals for ward closures, cuts in bed numbers... Read more...

It is time for a proper debate about the future of our NHS

For some, the National Health Service is more than just a healthcare system - it is a sacred cow moulded in our national identity. As a consequence there is precious little debate about how it functions or how it is funded. And the lack of such debate and consequential reform... Read more...

Pulling taxpayers' teeth

Last year our Public Sector Rich List revealed the staggering pay packets received by some NHS dentists. 30 dentists received more than £300,000 from the NHS, 11 more than £400,000 and five more than £500,000. Those who earned more than £500,000 received an average of £690,572 It’s hard to believe... Read more...

Sensible suggestions for tax changes

Our Chief Executive, Jonathan Isaby, has a letter in The Times today: Sir, James Sproule, of the Institute of Directors, and David Blanchflower make sensible suggestions for tax changes (“Hammond under pressure to slash VAT and delay tax”, Aug 5). A VAT cut would reduce prices for consumers while increased... Read more...

Southwark Council spend £15,000 on logo rebrand

Guido Fawkes reports that Southwark Council have spent £15,400 on a new logo which is almost indistinguishable from the old one. Despite complaining about funding cuts, the council found £6,819 for designing the new logo and a further £8,581 to spend on implementation. Justifying the project, the ‘Branding Refresh’ report claims... Read more...

The aid budget needs greater scrutiny

An Investigation by the BBC has revealed that a charity receiving taxpayers’ money has links to a strange group which has been likened to a cult. Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) runs charity projects in Africa with programmes ranging from farming to health to education. However, the investigation... Read more...

BBC pay should be subject to the same rules as other public bodies

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had previously decided that only BBC staff earning over £450,000 should have their salaries published, a decision that we at the TaxPayers' Alliance were quick to condemn as not going far enough. However yesterday a report by the DCMS Committee suggested that... Read more...

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