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The 25 prominent voices who support abolishing stamp duty

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has long campaigned to scrap stamp duty, a strong contender for the worst single tax in our tax system. We launched the Stamp Out Stamp Duty campaign in 2013 with three heavy-hitting reports and street stalls across the country. But we haven’t been alone. A broad coalition... Read more...

The dream of home ownership

We all dream of owning our own home, a place where we can spend time with friends and raise a family. Right to Buy was one of Margaret Thatcher’s most popular policies, as for the first time many households who had been previously excluded from home ownership could now own... Read more...

The REAL impact of beer duty

Drinking too much alcohol can not only damage your health, but can also be costly for society. For example, a person who abuses alcohol over many years is more likely than the general population to suffer from various diseases which will need to be treated on the NHS. This places... Read more...

Paradise Papers

The leak of millions of documents, dubbed the Paradise Papers, has reignited a debate over “tax havens”. Much of the coverage thus far has centred on the financial affairs of high net worth individuals and the actions of the law firm Appleby. This time around, the focus of the investigation... Read more...

Innovations like "CareBnB" are good for the NHS

The gravest domestic health crisis facing our country today is the thousands of people dying from bedblocking.  This is where medically sound patients who should be able to be discharged from hospitals aren’t, often due to a lack of social care. This could mean someone recovering from a broken leg... Read more...

Coming to the aid of aid

The Department for International Development this morning released a statement to parliament on proposed changes to how Britain spends some of its aid budget.   Though it still contained the usual drivel on climate change and re-stated the government’s commitment to the 0.7% target, much of it is, in principle,... Read more...

Croydon Council's failures are not because of a lack of money

There are ‘widespread and serious failings’ in children’s services at Croydon Council according to a September 2017 report by OFSTED. The education watchdog inspected the authority's children's services this summer and found them to be ‘inadequate’. Inspectors said some children are left at risk of "significant harm" because of the... Read more...

Get nanny out of the nursery

The TUC today published a report revealing that childcare costs in England have increased up to seven times faster than wages since 2008. According to the report, childcare costs for parents with a one-year-old have increased dramatically by 48 per cent over a period when their wages have fallen in... Read more...

The government in Cardiff Bay needs to stop being so careless

News came out of Wales yesterday that the Cardiff government has been subsidising business to the tune of £244 million since 2011. Only 2 per cent has so far been returned, less than £7 million. This figure is doubly painful because the government had the stated aim of moving “to... Read more...

Magna Carta - A Very English Tax Revolt

GUEST BLOG FROM THE ADAM SMITH INSTITUTE The English have a proud tradition of standing up to greedy, tax-consuming rulers. We have consistently reasserted our belief in individual rights and government under the rule of law. No event in English history highlights this national trait more than King John affixing... Read more...

Who will defend the defenders?

A new story this morning tells us that, once again, squaddies’ livelihoods are threatened with the top brasses’ plan to cut the number of Royal Marines by 1000. What the story doesn’t say is that generations of incompetence in the Ministry of Defence have bought us to this dire state... Read more...