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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 and history or geography has fallen from nearly 44 per cent to 28.6 per cent.This is symptomatic of an education system that responds to government targets and league tables instead... Read more...

Unaccountable monopolies kill people

A Healthcare Commission report shows that 99 out of 394 trusts are failing to take basic steps such as safely decontaminating reusable medical equipment and keeping facilities clean. This can be added to the news last November that 84% of staff did not wash their hands before and after contact... Read more...

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 its own governors, forcing it this morning to publish guidelines ensuring impartial broadcasting.Allegations and rumours have long been made about BBC bias, highlighted by an ingrained prejudice against the United... Read more...

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 that the total has fallen by £100 million to a total of £1.7 billion this year. This is still a huge amount. A mistake is still made in almost half of... Read more...

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 £100,000 per year.  Many local government salaries are rising rapidly while council tax payers face higher bills.Download Town Hall Rich List (PDF) Read more...

The Bumper Book of Government Waste

Welcome to the world of waste. You are about to enter a twilight zone of crazy spending, political correctness, utter incompetence, and fantastic jollies, all funded by the British taxpayer. In this book, the authors have highlighted a myriad of examples of Government waste and useless spending, taken from thousands... Read more...

Whitehall pensions

This report lists details of 100 civil servants with pension pots of over £500,000. Download Whitehall pensions (PDF) Download the full data set (Excel) Read more...

The Political Payroll

The taxpayer funds an increasingly large army of government political appointees.  This report investigates some of the salaries we're paying.   Download The Political Payroll (PDF) Read more...

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 hours, more days off sick and better pensions.   Download Life is easier in the public sector (PDF) Read more...

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. A truly staggering amount of public money has been spent on services and the public are increasingly noticing that a lot of this has been wasted. The idea that the main problem with... Read more...

Better Government Position Paper

In this document Patrick Barbour discusses the problems created by the present system of government and the principles by which it might be improved.  Subsequent papers will outline detailed programmes for different government functions. Download Better Government Position Paper (PDF) Read more...

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 ICM poll showing public disaffection with politics. Download Better Government Press Release (PDF) Read more...

Tax Freedom Day response

TPA response to Tax Freedom Day, which in 2007 fell on 1 June. The report compares estimates of Tax Freedom Day in other countries. Download Tax Freedom Day response (PDF) Read more...

Dynamic model of the UK economy

The TPA commissioned the respected Centre for Economics and Business Research to build a dynamic model of the UK, to show how tax reductions will benefit the economy. This report explains how the model was set up and simulates a reduction in the corporation tax rate to the Irish rate... Read more...

The real cost of Gordon Brown

This report shows how, if Gordon Brown had not increased the tax burden, the basic rate of income tax could have been cut to just 10 per cent.Download The real cost of Gordon Brown (PDF) Read more...

Flat Tax: Towards a British Model by Allister Heath

A fair income tax which taxed all income at the same percentage would dramatically improve incentives, while bureaucracy could be dispensed with almost entirely. This idea, already sweeping Eastern Europe, is the 'flat tax'.Published by The TaxPayers' Alliance and The Stockholm NetworkYou can order a copy of the flat tax... Read more...

Total Lifetime Tax

How much will the average person pay in tax during their lifetime?  Find out in this TaxPayers' Alliance Research Note. Download Total Lifetime Tax (PDF) Read more...

The List of Shame

Today's Third Reading debate on David Maclean's Freedom of Information Amendment Bill has just concluded after several hours with a vote in favour from a total of 78 Labour MPs and 18 Tories.   Both main parties declared themselves to be “neutral” on the issue and many MPs deliberately chose... Read more...

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