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The injustice of the Judicial Pension Scheme

by Benjamin Elks, fundraising, operations and events assistant For many people, pensions aren’t worth worrying about until they’re nearing retirement. A focus on their careers, saving to buy a home or start a family more often take precedence over saving for the golden years.    In 2012, the government introduced... Read more...

5 reasons why Whitehall is being cut back

The Westminster bubble is predictably outraged this morning by Boris Johnson’s suggestion that the civil service will need to reduce in size by around 90,000 roles over the next two or three years.    Putting aside the pearl-clutching, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has been pointing out for a while that this... Read more...

How to ditch diversity demagogues

by James Roberts, political director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   In March Rishi Sunak, committed to crackdown on wasteful spending across Whitehall by cutting £5.5 billion worth of waste. Billions were wasted during the pandemic and there are billions more to be found, so this is a welcome initiative for... Read more...

On track: how do we rate Britain’s railways?

By Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance It’s fair to say the recent launch of the Great British Rail Sale generated a mixed response from the public and pundits alike. Of most interest to me was a piece in the Daily Telegraph  by transport commentator Christian Wolmar,... Read more...

Licence to bill: The cost of living and the TV tax

by Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager   We’re now almost a month into the new financial year, and rising bills have families worrying about how they’re going to make ends meet. Between a terribly timed national insurance rise, council tax hikes, increasing inflation, and skyrocketing energy bills, it’s no understatement... Read more...

Silly salaries in Sutton

By Sara Rainwater, operations director at the TaxPayers' Alliance   I’ve lived in the London Borough of Sutton for five years now. Shortly after moving here, I started hearing about various mismanagements by the council, such as the local SEND scandal, when hundreds of special needs children were denied additional... Read more...

How can we tame the inflation tiger?

By Harry Fone, grassroots at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   For most of my lifetime I’ve never had to worry about rising inflation. Until fairly recently, inflation has never been higher than 4 per cent since 1993. When New Labour made the Bank of England (BoE) independent in 1997, it felt... Read more...

Ten takeaways from Town Hall Rich List 2022

Our latest research, the 15th edition of the Town Hall Rich List, reveals the top bureaucrats and box-tickers who have received hundreds of millions of pounds from council taxpayers. Here are 10 things you need to know about Town Hall Rich List 2022:   The data from this Town Hall... Read more...

Death by committee

By Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager   Ahead of the bread and circuses of the spring statement, the chancellor announced a new efficiency drive. The Efficiency and Value for Money Committee - which he will chair and which will be specially tasked with rooting out wasteful spending - apparently meets... Read more...

Is it too late to save the economy?

By Darwin Friend, policy analyst   The chancellor has some last-minute reading to do before delivering tomorrow’s spring statement. That’s because this morning the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the most recent statistics on the UK’s public sector finances. They illustrate the British economy’s recovery from the coronavirus, but... Read more...

Fighting for freedom

By Duncan Simpson, research director   The terrible war in Ukraine that’s unfolding on our TV screens - courtesy of the evil, cruel Vladimir Putin - will impact British taxpayers in many ways. Energy prices are likely to rise, adding pressure to families already struggling with tax hikes. Sanctions and other... Read more...

It’s time for TfL to stop taking taxpayers for a ride

by Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager   London is still reeling after a week of tube disruption. In scenes all too familiar for those who live and work in the capital, tube workers went on strike; leaving the millions of people who use the service every day in the lurch.... Read more...

Net Zero: the latest wave of public sector non-jobs

By Sara Rainwater, operations director   We saw from the news this weekend that there are hundreds of NHS bosses being paid more than the PM. Whether it’s highly paid middle managers or controversial diversity tsars, politicians have done a poor job of keeping an eye on the public sector... Read more...

Taxes add fuel to the fire

by Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance   This week our colleagues down under at the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union celebrated #FuelTaxHonestyDay. It’s part of their campaign against the extortionate rate of fuel taxes, which currently make up 52 per cent of the price of petrol in... Read more...

Unchecked inflation: will restaurants pay the price?

By Tom Ryan, researcher   After two years of covid restrictions, England’s oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans, is closing its doors. The historic shutdown is a bad omen for the hospitality industry, which has continued to suffer even after the easing of lockdown rules. Now, the... Read more...

Is the government delivering any benefits of Brexit?

by Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager   This week, the government released a paper laying out the benefits of Brexit. Almost six long years after the country voted leave, we were finally clued in on what exactly politicians intend to do with it. For taxpayers, the vision left a lot... Read more...

Inflation: the tax imposed without representation

By Scott Simmonds, researcher   When the Treasury Committee met last week to discuss the Bank of England’s Financial Stability Report, the Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, highlighted two areas that he considers are contributing to the current cost of living crisis; energy prices, and global supply chains.... Read more...

Paws for thought: Absurd VAT distinctions for animals

By Elliot Keck, investigations campaigns manager   There is no end to the absurdities of the UK’s VAT system. But one chapter not yet written is that of VAT on pets and animal products. If Dilyn the Downing Street dog was half as influential as his number of column inches... Read more...

Taxpayers musn’t be made to fund greenwashing

By Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager   The farmlands of Wales are world-renowned. From lamb to leeks, agriculture has long been a staple of the Welsh economy. In a changing world, big business has become increasingly keen to lap up this land - but not for the reasons you might... Read more...

Naughty step: how to cut the cost of childcare

By Sara Rainwater, operations director   The cost of childcare isn't a tax, but it is still something I’ve been painfully aware of since having my first child almost 11 years ago. In fact if I tot up all the money I’ve spent on childcare in the past 10 years,... Read more...

2021 was a tough year for taxpayers

By Benjamin Elks   The last twelve months have been tough on the taxpayers, with record levels of spending and tax rises across the board. Through it all, the TaxPayers Alliance has almost been a lone voice.  We’ve challenged the fashionable idea that higher spending (and higher taxes to pay... Read more...

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