Press releases

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the chancellor’s speech

For immediate release   Responding to the chancellor’s speech, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The chancellor’s pledge to make Britain the most competitive tax regime in the world may ring hollow after years of punishing tax hikes. “Without concrete proposals, reheated rhetoric on spending restraint will... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to reports of possible HS2 scale back

For immediate release   Responding to reports in The Sun of a possible scale back of HS2, Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “HS2 has gone off the rails in spectacular fashion. “A scaling back of this project would be welcome, but taxpayers would still be... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to additional £6 billion covid waste

For immediate release   Responding to data showing PPE write-down costs to be £6 billion larger than previously forecast, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These latest figures unmask the calamitous cost of the covid hangover. “While ministers had to work quickly during unprecedented times, the scale... Read more...

Stonewall still receiving £1.2m in taxpayer subsidies

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 16 January 2023 The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has revealed that public bodies continue to hand over £1,221,222 per year to lobby group Stonewall, despite government departments being told to withdraw from the controversial Diversity Champions scheme.   Membership of the scheme cost taxpayers at least £709,225 in 2021-22,... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Keir Starmer’s speech

For immediate release   Responding to Keir Starmer’s speech, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Keir Starmer gave some welcome words on spending restraint, but working Brits will need to see the detail.  “Taxpayers can’t be expected to dip into their pockets again and again to prop... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to ministers dropping plans to privatise Channel 4

For immediate release   Responding to reports of Michelle Donelan, secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, recommending against privatising Channel 4, Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will feel betrayed that the culture secretary has caved in to broadcasting big-wigs and backtracked... Read more...

Rail subsidies to cost taxpayers £1,300 each by March 2023

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 2nd January 2023   Rail subsidies since the beginning of the COVID pandemic will have cost £42 billion by March 2023, according to new research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance. That includes £30 billion in additional subsidies to cover for COVID disruption. This amounts to around £1,300 for... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Brown report

For immediate release   Responding to Gordon Brown’s Commission on the UK’s Future, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Gordon Brown is right to point to the enormous savings that could be made by moving civil servants out of London. “Shifting government out of the capital would... Read more...

Councils spend millions on mayoral limos, including Teslas and Jags

Embargoed: 00:01 Tuesday 29th November 2022   A TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) investigation has revealed that councils spent £2,689,959 on luxury mayoral limos between 2019 and 2022. The data, which is broken down by local authority, reveals that Birmingham city council spent the most at £59,884. This covered leasing, maintenance and... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Croydon Council declaring bankruptcy

For immediate release   Responding to the Section 114 notice issued by Croydon Council, Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Residents are tired of the rank incompetence of Croydon Council. “The failure to get finances under control will cause yet more misery for taxpayers, who have... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the fiscal statement

For immediate release   Responding to the fiscal statement, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These plans look set to prolong the crippling cost of government crisis.  “Taxpayers will take a kicking over the coming years to pay for a raft of spending increases, with most tough... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to civil service union vote to strike

For immediate release   Responding to the civil service union voting to strike, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Civil servants shouldn’t expect sympathy for their strikes from the working taxpayers who pay their wages. “Bureaucrats already benefit from generous pay packets and plush pensions, with job... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to reports of planned tax rises

For immediate release   Responding to reports of planned tax rises, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Further Tory tax hikes would not just break manifesto pledges, they would hammer households at the worst possible time. “With Britain already facing a challenging winter, big increases in income... Read more...

UNISON General Secretary remuneration clarification and apology

For immediate release   In our press release and report headed ‘Trade Union Rich List 2022’ we gave a remuneration for Christina McAnea General Secretary of UNISON that was incorrect and misleading. Ms McAnea did not ‘take home’ or ‘receive £225,891’ as remuneration but in fact the sum of £119,513... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to chancellor’s emergency statement

For immediate release   Responding to the emergency statement by the new chancellor, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The light at the end of the economic tunnel has now been extinguished by this chancellor. “Millions of hard-hit households who were desperate for an income tax cut... Read more...

UK drivers face one of Europe’s highest petrol premiums

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 17th October 2022 TaxPayers’ Alliance analysis shows the UK has some of the highest fuel duty rates across Europe, at 53p per litre. This means a ‘petrol premium’ on prices at the pump, leaving them higher than Germany and Sweden, which the temporary 5p cut does little... Read more...

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