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Tax Freedom Day in Germany

The German version of the TaxPayers' Alliance - Bund der Steuerzahler - reckons Tax Freedom Day there falls next week on July 13.  This is even later than in Britain!We should be thankful for small mercies!p.s. Thanks to one multi-lingual, Brussels-watching, TPA supporting blogger for drawing this to our attention.... Read more...

Money spent for no good purpose by those who don't know

An article in the Birmingham Post yesterday reported that Nasim Awan, the chairman of Springfield Neighbourhood Forum has called for an investigation into how £21million of public money is being spent through the Enterprising Communities Programme, an initiative that covers the Sparkbrook, Sparkhill, Saltley and Small Heath areas and is... Read more...

Rewards for failure expose hypocrisy of the politicians

The Department for Work and Pensions announced today that there will be a 5% cut in the funding of the Council Tax benefits service. The Local Government Authority is claiming that unless there are “significant increases in council tax”, these cuts would lead to a decline in benefits. "The LGA... Read more...

Cuts imposed by Whitehall will mean council tax increases

The Department for Work and Pensions announced today that there will be a 5% cut in the funding of the Council Tax benefits service.  The Local Government Authority is claiming that unless there are “significant increases in council tax”, these cuts would lead to a decline in benefits. "The LGA... Read more...

Latest criticism of the Olympics by the PAC

It’s already four times over budget and today the Olympics get another a rap on the knuckles, this time from the Commons Public Accounts Committee.Committee Chairman Edward Leigh said to the BBC it was “worrying” that arrangements for monitoring progress and risk weren’t in place.  During the hearing, Mr Leigh... Read more...

Do chips make us healthier?

...not if they are microchips that hold your medical information.  According to new American research reported today, electronic health records - touted by policymakers in Britain and America as a way to improve the quality of health care - failed to improve care delivered in routine doctor visits.  "Of 17... Read more...

Regional Development Agencies face the axe

In an interview with today's Financial Times, Shadow Business Secretary Alan Duncan said that Regional Development Agencies must "justify their existence" to escape being abolished by a Conservative government. He said:"My experience with all RDAs is, after an initial ‘Oh yes, we like them’, people very quickly say in the... Read more...

Lessons in incompetence

The revision of the secondary school curriculum for England announced today includes the teaching of basic personal finances: New Schools Secretary Ed Balls wants young people to be equipped with an understanding of finance topics such as debt, tax and pensions… …This will also include lessons about life at work... Read more...

P45 to the taxman

We know him from playing a butcher in Coronation Street but John Savident – who starred as Fred Elliot in the soap – wants to take Elliott’s clever to the British tax code.In an interview with the Times Savident explains how he’d like to “scrap” the tax code, especially inheritance... Read more...

Mistakes in the NHS

Today there have been two stories suggesting that managerial problems in the National Health Service are costing us money, getting people seriously ill and even causing a frightening number of deaths.First, hospitals are facing a massive compensation bill.  As Blair Gibbs, TPA Campaigns Director told the Daily Mail:"Too often some... Read more...

Early thoughts on the Conservatives' tax announcements

The Conservative Party’s Social Justice Policy Group will be presenting its findings tomorrow. It has been widely trailed in the media. Two stories today, in the Financial Times and the Telegraph, will leave taxpayers with mixed feelings.On the positive side, David Cameron said yesterday that he will go into the... Read more...