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Alan Johnson to review Healthcare

The Telegraph is not impressed by the review of the NHS that the new Health Secretary Alan Johnson has...

6:10 PM July 05, 2007

A gimmick or real local democracy?

We can be forgiven for being a bit sceptical about Gordon Brown’s initiative to make local spending subject to local...

5:49 PM July 05, 2007

Costing THE pUBLIC

West Bromwich doesn’t have much to boast of these days; it has no cinema, no theatre, no swimming pool...

3:19 PM July 04, 2007

Alistair Darling promises stability

In an interview today with the Financial Times Alistair Darling responded to calls for change in the tax treatment...

12:16 PM July 04, 2007

Gordon Brown's constitutional tinkering won't restore trust in government

When Ken Clarke's Democracy Taskforce reported recently the TaxPayers' Alliance wrote for ConservativeHome:

"Unmanageable departments combined with inexperienced and...

11:53 AM July 04, 2007

Non-job of the week

This week’s Guardian treasure-trove comes up with a gem of a non-job.  Charnwood borough council has advertised for a ‘director...

11:02 AM July 04, 2007

Armed Forces struggling to cope with overstretch

The Telegraph today:

"The report declares: "The impact of continuous
downsizing, pressures and overstretch is affecting the [defence]
department's...

11:36 AM July 03, 2007

Low pass rate feared with new vocational diploma

In the Telegraph today we learn that there are fears for the new vocational diplomas that the government is...

11:29 AM July 03, 2007

George Osborne gives advice to new Chancellor

In an interesting op-ed in the Observer, the Shadow Chancellor had plenty of advice for Alistair Darling, as he...

4:57 PM July 02, 2007

Grade Inflation can't be fixed by new grades

722When governments look to fight...

2:48 PM July 02, 2007

Poor priorities in our prisons

It’s been a good month for prisoners.  First came the news that dozens will be released early to ease on...

11:17 AM July 02, 2007

Weekly Waste Round-Up 65

In the news this week:Tourdrugs_2


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10:30 AM July 02, 2007

Brown's pensions raid has also cost savers

New calculations by Mike Warburton and Maurice Fitzpatrick at Grant Thornton are yet more evidence of the damage that...

10:19 AM July 02, 2007

Weekly Waste Round-Up 61


In the news recently:


NHS negligence cost us £4bn- "BRITAIN could have had 16 giant new hospitals...

4:35 PM June 18, 2007

More students taking soft GCSEs

Today the Telegraph reports that the number of students passing five good GCSEs in English, maths, science, a modern language...

4:30 PM June 18, 2007

Unaccountable monopolies kill people

A Healthcare Commission report shows that 99 out of 394 trusts are failing to take basic steps such as...

4:28 PM June 18, 2007

Shock: BBC biased, sky is blue etc...

The BBC has today come under fire for promoting its own agenda of ‘trendy causes’ in a report commissioned by...

4:14 PM June 18, 2007

TaxPayers' Alliance Annual Review 2006

The TaxPayers' Alliance has produced its first Annual Review:


Download the 2006 TPA Annual Review (Pdf)

7:00 PM May 30, 2007

Tax Credits System Still Fraught with Errors

Today it has been announced that the amount of overpayment in the tax credits system has fallen. Reuters reports...

2:57 PM May 25, 2007

The Town Hall Rich List

This report used the Freedom of Information Act to discover a startling number of local government employees being paid over...

2:55 PM May 25, 2007

The Bumper Book of Government Waste

Bbogw_anim Welcome to the world of waste. You...

2:51 PM May 25, 2007

Whitehall pensions

This report lists details of 100 civil servants with pension pots of over £500,000.

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2:49 PM May 25, 2007

The Political Payroll

The taxpayer funds an increasingly large army of government political appointees.  This report investigates some of the salaries we're paying.


2:48 PM May 25, 2007

The Case Against Taxpayer Funded Parties

The case against political parties being bailed out by the taxpayer.


Download The Case Against Taxpayer Funded Parties (PDF)

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2:46 PM May 25, 2007

Life is easier in the public sector

This report shows how working life is easier in the public sector than the private sector - more pay, fewer...

2:40 PM May 25, 2007

Councillors' allowances

Councillors' allowances up again, and the best place to be a councillor.


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2:02 PM May 25, 2007

The public see the continuing problems with public services

An FT Harris poll confirms that most people see little improvement since 1997 in schools or hospitals....

10:47 AM May 25, 2007

Better Government Position Paper

In this document Patrick Barbour discusses the problems created by the present system of government and the principles by which...

10:38 AM May 25, 2007

Better Government Opening Press Release

This press release outlines the problems the Better Government campaign seeks to address and sets out the results of an...

10:37 AM May 25, 2007

Tax Freedom Day response

TPA response to Tax Freedom Day, which in 2007 fell on 1 June. The report compares estimates of Tax Freedom...

6:59 PM May 24, 2007


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