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How many cats does it take to rip up red tape?

David Cameron has announced a ripping up of red tape. Yesterday we saw a new website appear called The Red Tape Challenge. Less bureaucracy is a good thing and listening to people from the real world is also welcome. But previous attempts and promises to decrease regulation have not been... Read more...

TPA reaction to former MP Elliot Morley guilty plea

We today reacted to the news that former MP Elliot Morley has pleaded guilty to expenses charges. The former minister now admits claiming £32,000 for a mortgage that no longer existed. Emma Boon, Campaign Director at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“Thanks to Morley taking so long to make an admission of... Read more...

Black Wednesday and inescapable cuts

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has predicted British economic growth will be sluggish due to the Government’s austerity measures coming into effect yesterday, dubbed “Black Wednesday” by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. The club of 34 developed nations expects the Government’s fiscal tightening to depress GDP growth figures... Read more...

Non-job of the week

Those who have seen the film 'Groundhog Day' will have an insight into what it's like writing this weekly feature. Another week passes by, yet the same councils and the same recruitment agency keep popping up. Once again Morgan Hunt is advertising for a £200-£300 a day interim job, and... Read more...

Advertising tax

As if life isn’t difficult enough for small businesses in these tough economic times than Bath & North East Somerset council want to add an extra burden. Like some window-taxing Georgians, the council thought it would be a good idea to charge shopkeepers for using A-boards to advertise their businesses.... Read more...

Farewell to Hull in Print

Many councils have announced the abolition or their newspapers and magazines - or propaganda rags as they have become known.  Hull has abolished 'Hull in Print' completely, and 'East Riding News' is now going to be published on a quarterly basis. This is something we have been campaigning for and... Read more...

False Economy economical with the economics

Duncan Weldon presents himself as an economist but he seems more and more like a bit of a hack.  Last week he wrote an article for the False Economy website with an analysis that he must know is dodgy.  Here is his central argument:"Here we can clearly see the impact... Read more...

£2.9m to be spent on outsourcing Army calls

For many years, various governmental departments have used private firms to perform tasks on their behalf. Procurement has proved to be an efficient way to avoid expensive redundancy packages, pension packages and to ensure the nanny state image didn’t cross the threshold of the 21st century image of the supposedly efficient... Read more...

Join the TPA at the Rally Against Debt

An exciting event, the Rally Against Debt, has been organised for 14 May.  It will be a major demonstration highlighting the importance of tackling the huge public sector deficit, and the need for substantial spending cuts.  So far over 1,300 people have signed up to a rally that aims to... Read more...

The costs of new dental regulations

Andrew Lansley’s health reforms have proved to be a big source of debate. One area of healthcare that has been subjected to the full force of the reforms is primary dental care - and they will have adverse financial affects on every dental practice in England, taxpayers and the 25... Read more...