Campaigns

Current: 'Axe the Tax' campaign to scrap the BBC licence fee

Take the first step to axe the TV tax. Click here to help us decriminalise the BBC licence fee. We’ve railed against wasteful spending at the BBC throughout our 16 year history. We’ve also challenged the organisation on its establishment outlook, that usually ignores typical taxpayers and tends towards an... Read more...

Current: Clean up the state

For a healthy balance of views in public life, it's important that a range of views are represented. Groups like the TaxPayers' Alliance and Greenpeace refuse to take taxpayers' money, but there are a plethora of groups in receipt of it – many of which then openly campaign against the... Read more...

Current: Cut council tax

Council tax is a major drain on the bank balances of many households. Ratepayers all over Britain constantly have to pay inflation busting rises every year. Our research has shown that on average between 1997 and 2017, council tax increased by 57 per cent in real terms across England. At... Read more...

Current: Calling out the tax burden

We firmly believe Brits pay too much tax. Lower rates of tax always put more money in your pocket and they kick-start the economy, making the system fairer by creating more jobs and prosperity for everyone. Too often we talk about public spending with no reference to the level of... Read more...

Current: War on Waste

We firmly believe that “there is no such thing as government money; only taxpayers’ money”. Since we were founded in 2004, we have sent thousands of freedom of information requests, scoured hundreds of sets of accounts, and quizzed officials to root out wasteful spending at all levels of government.  From... Read more...

Past: Stand Against Socialism

The TaxPayers' Alliance "Stand Against Socialism" campaign has been making the case for freedom. As we've seen across the world, communism continues to destroy prosperity and undermine people's liberty. From causing food shortages and power outages, to censoring the internet and hampering the progress of technology, socialist policies always end... Read more...

Past: Scrap HS2

From day one, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has been rightly opposed to High Speed 2. We are all for transport infrastructure investment, but HS2 is far from the best use of taxpayers’ money.  Originally estimated to cost £36 billion, we correctly estimated that the cost would be far higher. In September... Read more...

Past: Stamp Out Stamp Duty

In 2013, we were the first campaign to push the hated Stamp Duty Land Tax up the political and media agenda. We launched our dedicated “Stamp Out Stamp Duty” campaign which quickly gathered momentum and received widespread media coverage.  Before 3 December 2014, people in the UK paid a slab... Read more...

Past: Cut Beer Tax

In early 2013, we launched an intense campaign which saw us distribute over 400,000 beer mats to pubs across the country which showed how much you paid in tax on a pint. We teamed up with The Sun, who backed our campaign and helped us get sustained coverage ahead of... Read more...

Past: Exit payments

Thanks to our campaigning, senior staff leaving public sector roles will soon have payouts capped at £95,000.  In April 2019, the Treasury announced that it is implementing the cap on public sector ‘exit payments’. This is a huge victory for us – and it is, of course, good news for... Read more...

Past: Meat Tax - A Big Mis-steak

In response to the ludicrous suggestion of a new tax on processed meats, in November 2018, we hosted an event in Westminster for politicians to show their opposition to any new meat taxes.  At the 'Big Meat Up', MPs and Ministers joined us for a fry up and discussed how... Read more...

Past: Spending transparency

A government is employed by the electorate; the electorate should know how taxpayer money is being spent. The government should also present their information in a way that is clear and easy to understand instead of concealing the issue behind difficult language and layers of terminology. For years politicians have... Read more...

Past: Inheritance tax

With the Daily Express, we collected over 300,000 signatures calling for the abolition of Inheritance Tax. In 2007 George Osborne promised that he would raise the tax threshold to £1 million per person. In October 2007, Alistair Darling doubled the inheritance tax threshold for married couples to £600,000. Although we... Read more...

Past: Freeze Fuel Duty

60% of what you pay for fuel goes straight to the taxman. That means for £30 in fuel £18 goes to the Exchequer, £1 to the retailer and £11 covers the cost of the fuel. In many cases fuel is the only sensible option for getting to work, taking children... Read more...

Past: Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Local residents brought a hugely important issue to our attention in 2018 - the Midland Metropolitan hospital, which stood only two thirds complete in Smethwick near Birmingham. Construction started in January 2016 but ground to a halt early in 2018 after the financial collapse of Carillion. The hospital was due... Read more...

Past: End taxpayer funded trade unions

Our award-winning Taxpayer Funding of Trade Unions campaign was started in 2010 to expose taxpayers’ subsidy of influential public sector trade unions, who are powerful advocates for higher public spending, higher taxes and burdensome regulation on business. Our researchers undertook one of the most comprehensive Freedom of Information campaigns ever.... Read more...

Past: Battling local stealth taxes - clean air zones

Local councils are always looking for inventive new ways to take our money. With many hesitant to raise council tax and face a backlash from angry taxpayers, politicians have resorted to clever wheezes like 'Clean Air Zones'. These zones charge motorists for driving into local towns, under the mistaken belief it... Read more...

Past: Scrap the cider duty escalator

South West Coordinator Tim Newark launched a campaign in July 2013 to scrap the duty escalator on cider and stop almost a quarter of the price you pay for a pint of cider going to the taxman.  Tim organised events to support the campaign, including Bristol, Bath, Colchester, Exeter, Frome,... Read more...

Past: Alcohol duty

Why is it that you pay 57% tax on a bottle of wine and 79% of a bottle of spirits? Alcohol prices in the UK are 43% higher than the EU average because of alcohol duty. In 2014, we campaigned to scrap the alcohol supertax and allow the domestic alcohol... Read more...

Past: Freeze business rates

Ask any business with shop floor space what they’d like to see change and it’s highly likely that cuts to business rates would top the list. Online shopping has helped deliver cheaper prices for consumers, but many customers like to visit shops and we will continue to make the case... Read more...

Past: Scrap APD

Air passenger duty (APD) is a straight up levy on the airfares of adult passengers travelling from UK airports. We have one of the highest aviation taxes in Europe. Several near neighbours, including Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium have eliminated their aviation taxes altogether. In the run up to the... Read more...

Past: Debt clock national tour

In 2010, to highlight the crushing size of the national debt, we undertook a 1,500 mile tour of Britain – featuring a 7metre long, lorry-mounted digital Debt Clock, ticking up as the Government borrows more and more money. The message to the nation's politicians was: "Wake up to the National... Read more...

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