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Why free bus travel for under-25s is a political gimmick

In case you haven’t noticed, there is an election on. There are many irksome aspects of this time of year, but none as much as badly-designed, rushed-through policies aimed to wooing a certain demographic to your cause. And as time goes on and you make more and more of them,... Read more...

Why we publish the Town Hall Rich List

Talking about money is the last British taboo. In a survey conducted by the University College London, respondents were seven times more likely to discuss things like how many sexual partners they had or whether they have had an affair than their annual income. Broaching the subject of is seen... Read more...

The New Bucks Unitary Authority

Good news for the residents of Buckinghamshire - Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has backed a proposal for a single, unitary council. The proposed change has strong local support, both amongst the residents and the councilors. According to Buckinghamshire County Council leader Martin Tett, the move will ‘simplify the current local... Read more...

What does Carillion really mean for taxpayers?

Every quarter, thousands of companies enter liquidation. In July to September 2017, the latest available data, some 4,152 new insolvencies were recorded. In total, 25,479 companies were undergoing some sort of insolvency proceedings in that period. A construction company collapsed recently and filed for liquidation. True, it was a major... Read more...

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...