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False Economy debt projection update

A few weeks ago I looked at a claim on the False Economy website made by economist Duncan Weldon.  He argued that the fiscal adjustment was only cutting public sector debt at the expense of dramatically increasing private debt.  That claim was a cause of huge excitement for those opposing... Read more...

New research: Corporation Tax Policy Brief

Corporation Tax is not fit for purpose. This new Briefing Note for the 2020 Tax Commission, written by Commissioner and Associate Professor of Economics at the ESCP Europe Business School Anthony J. Evans, measures the tax against four key criteria, and finds that it drives down wages; lowers returns for... Read more...

The Unions and their unrealistic demands

The public finances are in a mess, so you’d be forgiven for thinking all councils were looking at reducing their spending. And many are, no doubt. To help the process, you’d have thought other groups like unions would be helping to suggest areas of spending to cut back in order... Read more...

New Research: Brown's gold sale cost taxpayers' £8 billion

With the gold price hitting $1,500, new TaxPayers' Alliance research updates the staggering cost of the decision to sell 395 tonnes of gold at the absolute bottom of the market. As reported in the Express this morning, it cost taxpayers £8.2 billion. Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:... Read more...

Humberside Police will spend £60 million on new divisional HQ

According to reports, the total bill for building a new divisional headquarters in Hull will be an eye-watering £60 million. The initial cost will come in at £29.5 million, but because Humberside Police will have to borrow a large amount of capital, the bill will rise to £60 million. The... Read more...

New Research: Police authorities spend over £1m on publications

Police authorities across the UK are spending over £1 million on publications like glossy magazines and leaflets, according to new research by the TaxPayers' Alliance.Click here to read the report, including a full local breakdown This is just one example of non-frontline spending that could be cut.  By law police... Read more...

Non-job of the week

Tourism is big business in the UK. With the weather set fair for the next week, those in the leisure and hospitality business will be looking forward to a profitable Easter weekend, and hoping for the same on the weekend of the Royal Wedding. Naturally, all places in the country... Read more...

Cut Corporation Tax to 18% to restore competitiveness, says CBI

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said British competitiveness has slumped between 2000 and 2010. The big businesses club has said Corporation Tax should be slashed to 18 per cent to help stop Britain’s slide as upmarket chocolate mint maker Bendrick’s announced its Hampshire factory will close and production... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance supports the Rally Against Debt

The TaxPayers' Alliance is proud to announce that we will be attending the Rally Against Debt in London on May 14th 2011Who: The TPA will join a range of other groups and individuals who are concerned about the national debt.What: A static protest rally, no particular party, organisation or person... Read more...

Bath's road to nowhere

A local resident tells me about the continuing agony of Bath’s £16 million Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route, dubbed a ‘pointless road to nowhere.’ In an era of cuts, Bath and North East Somerset council were asked by the Department for Transport (DfT) to revisit their overall plans for the Bath... Read more...

The world's fastest speaker reads the tax code

The TaxPayers' Alliance has released astonishing footage of the world's fastest speaker, Steve Woodmore, reading aloud from the books that contain the UK tax code. It comes after the TPA released this research showing how the Tolley’s guides for individual taxes have grown over the last decade. Guides for Income... Read more...