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New council leader wants to hold a referendum

It's out with the old, and in with the new in Hull. The ruling Liberal Democrats were booted out, and Labour swept to power in what was a very dramatic election night. Walking around the Guildhall during the count, there were many shocked faces; not only from the Liberal Democrats,... Read more...

The silent majority

It is fair to say the Rally Against Debt was a great success. What we didn’t have were hundred of trade union activists organising the rally at taxpayers’ expense! We can honestly say not a penny of taxpayers’ money was spent organising the rally. We left Old Palace Yard as... Read more...

We Rallied Against Debt

Today the TaxPayers' Alliance joined the Rally Against Debt, in the shadows of the Houses of Parliament. Hundreds of people young and old gathered to voice their concerns over the size of the debt mountain looming over taxpayers and to argue that spending reductions are essential if we are to... Read more...

Where is the localism?

On Wednesday the TaxPayers’ Alliance published its one year assessment of the Coalition’s performance measured against our Manifesto objectives. One of the objectives was to introduce elected police commissioners. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill was quietly making its way through Parliament, so we scored this objective 5/5. But... Read more...

Groups say put the brakes on High Speed Rail

Representatives from different organisations came together this morning to highlight their concerns about the Government's plans to spend billions on the flawed High Speed Rail proposals. The event gave a chance for questions and discussions on this complex issue. As the Government consultation steams ahead it is vital that they... Read more...

Non-job of the week

Do you remember the Future Shape Programme Manager from North East Lincolnshire Council? If you haven't heard about this non-job or would like reminding, take a look at this clip.   Many councils around the country have been following suit. I constantly see vacancies for change managers, and have highlighted many... Read more...

EU bailouts remind us to Rally Against Debt on Saturday

It’s party hats all round at TaxPayers’ Alliance HQ this week as we celebrate EU Week, kicking off yesterday with EU Day. To help us get in a suitably joyous mood, all but one of the Union Flags on Parliament Square have been replaced by the flags of our various... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance verdict on the Coalition 1 year on

We have today announced our verdict on the Coalition Government, exactly a year after it was established. We conclude that progress has been made, but in too many areas the rhetoric hasn’t been matched by the policy delivered. During the last General Election, we published a manifesto which set out... Read more...

Bath taxpayers ignored

One rule for the council, one for ordinary taxpayers—or so it seems in Bath. Just under a year ago, without any public consultation, Bath & North East Somerset Council began work moving the central carriageway along Wellsway in preparation for installing bus lanes to and from the city centre. It... Read more...