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It will all come out in the whitewash

by Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance    Now that the dust has settled on the government’s decision to proceed with HS2 it’s worth analysing the report that was instrumental in the decision making process. Commissioned by transport secretary Grant Schapps in August 2019, the Oakervee Review... Read more...

Rewarding incompetence: Local Government Finance Settlement 2020

by Kieran Neild-Ali, grassroots assistant at the TaxPayers' Alliance The 2020-21 Local Government Finance Settlement has proposed an increase in central government funding for councils across England. The government package includes a new £1.41 billion Social Care Grant for adult and children’s services. That is an additional £1 billion in... Read more...

Back to Budget basics: preaching the case for prudence

by Darwin Friend, Researcher at the TaxPayers' Alliance   At the last Budget in October 2018, the then chancellor Philip Hammond triumphantly declared that austerity was over. With the deficit cut, it was job done and he suggested that now was the time to turn the taps on and increase... Read more...

Scots suffer SNP's fiscal failings

By Darwin Friend, researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance  The calamitous backdrop of Derek Mackay, the Scottish finance minister resigning hours before he was due to deliver his budget last week was a fairly poignant analogy for the SNP’s financial record. It illustrated the terrible judgement and farcical ineptitude with which... Read more...

TPA visits English Riviera to deliver low tax message

Our chief executive John O’Connell was invited to address the South West Conservatives’ conference recently. John addressed more than 250 conference delegates on Saturday, 8th February in sunny Torquay, setting out the TPA's recommendations for lower taxes. He gave them an overview of The Single Income Tax report, and made the case for immediate... Read more...

The government wants a bigger slice of your pizza

By Owen Brown   If you’re having some mates round, are off for an awkward Tinder date or just can’t be bothered to cook, why not grab a pizza on National Pizza Day? Unfortunately for lovers and providers alike, dark days could lie ahead for the nation’s favourite takeaway vendors. ... Read more...

The Digital Services Tax won’t help Britain’s hollow high streets

By Islay Aitchison, Researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance    Last month, during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the chancellor confirmed the government has opted to appease the anti-enterprise forces that make up so much of the British and global elite. The Digital Services Tax (DST)... Read more...

Far too taxing: Why it’s time to simplify self-assessment

By Darwin Friend, researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance The annual event which businesses across the country fear is upon us: the deadline for self-assessment tax returns. With 4.96 million Britons self-employed and rising, a simpler system of self-assessment should be a priority for the government. Unfortunately, it continues to be... Read more...

Does Davos mean "summit" ?

by Islay May Aitchison, researcher at the TaxPayers' AllianceThis week, the planet’s best and brightest minds are meeting in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The rest of us are told it’s a critical moment of corporate and governmental collaboration — through panel discussions and informal talks,... Read more...

Hey big-spender: Large spending local authorities

By Sam Packer, media campaign manager  As we enter a new year with a new government, it is worth reflecting that a significant proportion of the decisions made on how to spend taxpayer money spent will not be taken by anyone new - because large-scale budgets are the responsibility of... Read more...

SAS: End of retro-socialism?

By Sam Packer, media campaign manager Jeremy Corbyn’s retro-socialist Labour party have been defeated in a general election. Not merely bested, but genuinely beaten. Their hare-brained prospectus for government was unpopular enough that the party is the first opposition in British history to have substantially fewer seats after nine straight... Read more...

Taxpayer manifesto: which TPA policies have been picked up?

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst  The TaxPayers’ Alliance is non-partisan, aiming to spread our core messages of lower taxes, better services and improved accountability across the political spectrum. We believe that people spend their money far better than politicians and bureaucrats, and tax and spending policies should reflect that.  We... Read more...

Bringing the BBC into the 21st Century

By Sam Packer, media campaign manager Last Thursday was the UN’s world television day. Established in the 1990s, and perhaps not the most widely celebrated awareness day in an age where a new one arrives weekly, it is nonetheless a helpful reminder that television remains the single most used form... Read more...

Daylight Robbery steals the show

By Sam Packer, media campaign manager Perhaps it is not surprising that it has taken a comedian to make tax remotely funny. Libertarian comedian Dominic Frisby has written a hugely readable, well-researched text about the history, reality and future of tax which can draw the occasional chuckle. It is also... Read more...

Why a tip tax is a load of rubbish

by Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance In 2018-19 there were over a million incidents of fly-tipping in England and nearly two-thirds of cases involved household rubbish. It's no surprise that council waste collection is discussed again and again on local radio stations all over the nation.... Read more...

TPA responds to IFS report on council tax

by Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager A new report released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has analysed funding for local authorities and made a series of recommendations. Few would challenge the IFS' argument that the present funding model is unsustainable and alternative solutions must be sought. As many... Read more...

SAS: Blockade on freedom, 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst On this day thirty years ago, the infamous Berlin Wall finally fell. For 28 years the wall stood, guarded by thousands of Soviet soldiers. For that time it divided families, split communities, and kept over a million Berliners from travelling freely throughout their homeland. Even... Read more...

SAS: Socialism, future or failure?

By Scott Simmonds, Researcher at TaxPayers' Alliance Socialism, and socialist ideas, are having something of a revival at the moment. Like some obscure 70’s bands you thought were long gone, socialism is now touring again, captivating a newer younger audience.With this in mind, the TaxPayers’ Alliance ‘Stand Against Socialism’ campaign... Read more...

The State of Play: why the free market will win the Rugby World Cup

By Sam Packer, Media Campaign Manager Tomorrow morning England’s rugby players will attempt to be the second of the nation’s major sporting sides to be crowned champions of the world in 2019, following the cricket side’s July triumph. It is sometimes said in Westminster that sporting success means good news for the poll ratings... Read more...

UK Taxes: Potential for Growth

Article written by Elke Asen of the Tax Foundation. The United Kingdom ranks 25th in our recently released 2019 International Tax Competitiveness Index, a study that measures and compares how well OECD countries promote sustainable economic growth and investment through competitive and neutral tax systems. While the UK has improved its rank by one spot compared to... Read more...

TPA responds to Extinction Rebellion

By Darwin Friend, Researcher The world is getting warmer, and to prevent the oncoming environmental disaster we must completely abandon capitalism and the free market, destroying the pillars of our economic prosperity. This is the argument of the radical left-wing campaigners, such as Extinction Rebellion, who are currently camped out... Read more...

SAS: Freedom to the Students

By Stephanie Rudenko, Volunteer As we know from the TPA’s recent Freedom Factbook, freedom has changed the world.  Freedom can be used in many ways. Deliveroo, Uber, WhatsApp, CityMapper and Hinge are all apps and services that have used the freedom of technology to innovate and try new things.  Many... Read more...

What on Earth has World Tourism Day got to do with foreign aid?

By Policy Analyst, Jeremy Hutton.   When you first think of foreign aid, you probably think of one of two things. The first is saving lives through things like mosquito nets, building wells and providing disaster relief. The alternative thought might be one of corruption, waste, and crooked NGOs. But whether you are... Read more...

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