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SAS: Learning lessons from across the world

To learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. by Chloe Westley, Campaign Manager At the TPA, we believe in lower taxes and better public services, because these policies have been proven to improve the lives of millions of people across the world. In stark comparison, socialism... Read more...

SAS: Socialism is not the answer to crony capitalism

Click here to learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy AnalystDespite lifting over a billion people out of poverty and raising the standard of living in a way that is unprecedented in human history, capitalism has an image problem. It is seen... Read more...

SAS: 10 Things No One Tells You About Living Under Socialism

To learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. 1. It’s really difficult to get online In a country like Cuba, don’t count on being able to use Google Maps to find your way around. As for using your phone to order a takeaway or find that... Read more...

SAS: Why should the TPA Stand Against Socialism?

To learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. by John O'Connell, Chief Executive It's a truth, unfortunately not universally acknowledged, that not all countries have started on the path to socialist ruin with hardline socialist governments. The march to statism doesn't only happen with the guys... Read more...

And the winner is...

by Chloe Westley, Campaign Manager Awards season is upon us! Cue the flashing lights, teary acceptance speeches about smashing the patriarchy, selfies on the catwalk and bickering online over the best and worst dressed Hollywood stars. It’s the epitome of celebrity culture in the 21st century - glitzy, narcissistic, a... Read more...

Is it time to scrap the TV licence?

by Richard Mason - Research Fellow at Consumer Choice CenterAbout half a century ago, Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter wrote in his book Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy about a concept he called ‘creative destruction’. Derived from the previous works of Marx, Schumpeter perceived economic growth under capitalism as a destructive force... Read more...

Should tax returns be made public?

by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy AnalystThe Sunday Times recently published its tax list, revealing the amount paid by the UK’s biggest taxpayers. There have been calls in recent years for the salaries and amount paid in taxation, by each and every individual, to be made public. This is the situation in... Read more...

There's something in the air

by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst Last month, under cover of Brexit, the government published its clean air strategy. In a nutshell, the strategy sets out the government’s plans for dealing with air pollution.    The basic premise is commendable. Air pollution is bad for our health, particularly for children, the... Read more...

Analysing the record high tax burden

by Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign ManagerReaders born before 1990 will likely remember a series of adverts by the Inland Revenue (as HMRC used to be known) that professed, “Tax doesn’t have to be taxing”. Well unfortunately it is, very taxing. In fact, our recent research crunched the numbers and revealed... Read more...

There's no appetite for a new minister

by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee recently published a report on food security in the United Kingdom. It makes grim reading, highlighting a number of issues in the UK such as households having limited access to food, undernutrition, and obesity. The Committee said that the government has... Read more...

A tech tax will make things worse for workers

by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst at the TaxPayers' Alliance The Consumer Electronics Show is well under way in Las Vegas. The Show will feature the latest gadgets that are set to be launched from technology firms. As these companies show off their latest wares which include everything from shape shifting... Read more...

Overprescribing in the NHS

by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has ordered a review into overprescribing in the NHS. This is welcome news as NHS spending on medicines in England has grown from £13 billion in 2010-2011 to £18.2 billion in 2017-2018. This move by Hancock follows... Read more...

2018 - The year of the nanny state

by Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst 2018 has been a testing year for those residing in Britain. We've had 365 days of Brexit front page and centre near enough every day of the year. You could be forgiven for being ignorant about what else government has been doing the past year.... Read more...

Digital Services Tax: A Disaster for the Tech Industry

By Erin Few.   Chancellor Philip Hammond’s 2018 budget brought news of yet another unnecessary tax on UK businesses. This newly proposed levy, the Digital Services Tax, will be implemented by April 2020. Following the lead of some European countries, such asItaly and Hungary, which have adopted similar taxes in... Read more...

The Dangers of Pay Caps

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst.   On Tuesday the Labour Party released a report on how to tackle excessive executive pay. It recommends a number of key reforms to curb salaries at large companies (any company with more than 250 employees) that its authors would dub disproportionately high. Yet there... Read more...

Planning for success: future targets for the Treasury

By Erin Few.   On Monday, the National Audit Office (NAO) released a report entitled “Improving government’s planning and spending framework” critiquing the spending of HM Treasury and providing recommendations to improve accountability and better serve taxpayers. The NAO has been keeping track of the Cabinet Office and Treasury’s progress... Read more...

Should over-75s pay for the TV licence?

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst   Since September, the BBC has been deliberating over how to cover the cost of free television licences for over-75s, which from 2020 it will have to fund directly. Recently, Broadcasting House has published a report into what to do about the perk, launched a... Read more...

HS2 won't help unlock the North - it will hurt it

by Matt Gillow, TPA Local Coordinator With a limited business case, no environmental case, and inflated costs hitting over £90 billion, it’s no wonder that even celebrities have recently come out in opposition to the government’s current vanity project. I’m wary of a Boris ‘red bus’ moment — but you’d be forgiven for... Read more...

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