Press releases

BUDGET ANALYSIS: UK corporate tax rates will be higher than France

For immediate release     New TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) analysis of OECD data has found that tax changes in today’s budget will make corporate tax rates higher than those in France. This is despite claims that corporation tax rates will still be the lowest in the G7.  Research shows the... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the budget

For immediate release   Responding to the budget, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:   “There were some wins for taxpayers today, but it doesn’t gloss over the fact that this was a tax-raising budget. “The chancellor is helping to rescue struggling sectors but £30 billion worth... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Keir Starmer’s economy speech

For immediate release   Responding to the Labour leader’s speech on a “new partnership” between government and business, John O’Connell, executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“The Labour leader may be the only person right now who doesn’t want to return to business as usual.“Taxpayers are desperate to get on with... Read more...

£13 billion tax rescue package could save our summer holidays

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 18 February   The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) is calling for a respite from taxes, a rescue for struggling sectors, and a revival for the economy. The tax rescue package includes £13 billion of savings for hospitality this year, saving our summer holidays by extending VAT and business... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to revoking of public sector exit payment cap

For immediate release   Responding to the public sector exit payment cap being revoked, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Having delayed it for five years, mandarins managed just three months without tapping up taxpayers for six-figure payouts. "Unless the rules are urgently replaced, private sector workers... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to increase in BBC licence fee

For immediate release   Responding to the news that the licence fee will increase to £159 from 1st April, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Another hike in the hated TV tax is the last thing struggling households need. “Brits are fed up with seeing the Beeb... Read more...

TPA responds to Budget speculation and potential tax rises

For immediate release   Responding to Labour’s call for no tax rises in the March budget, and plans for a tax raid on online retailers, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Virtually everyone in Britain - from small businesses to the shadow chancellor - is now warning... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to possible new carbon taxes

For immediate release   Responding to reports of new carbon taxes on meat, cheese and gas heating, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “New eco taxes would leave slim pickings for struggling families, who rely on cheap energy and food to heat their homes and put dinner... Read more...

Rising cost of politics: average MP now costs £158,000 per year

For immediate release   The total cost of MPs was up 6.47 per cent last year to £127.6 million, according to figures released today by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). The average cost of an MP was £157,747 in the 2019-20 financial year, which included expenses claims for travel... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to NAO report on BBC licence fee

Embargoed: 00:01 Wednesday 20 January 2021   Responding to the National Audit Office report on the future of the BBC licence fee, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “It’s no wonder millions of us have turned off the BBC. “Even after forcing pensioners to pay the telly... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to corporation tax rise reports

For immediate release   Responding to a possible rise in corporation tax in the March budget, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “You couldn’t pick a worse time to be whacking up business taxes.  “With the economy on its knees and millions facing unemployment, hammering Britain’s big... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to MPs’ pay freeze

For immediate release   Responding to IPSA’s announcement of a pay freeze for MPs, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “This victory for common sense is an early Christmas present for taxpayers. “With the public finances in such a dire state, many public sector salaries have rightly... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance finds Bristol council wasted over £5 million

For immediate release Research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has revealed Bristol city council has wasted at least £5 million of taxpayers’ money in the last five years. The council has launched a consultation which could potentially raise tax by five per cent next year thanks to bungling bosses and... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the Comprehensive Spending Review

For immediate release   Responding to the Comprehensive Spending Review, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The lack of focus on value for money in today’s spending review will no doubt disappoint taxpayers. “Coronavirus has undeniably left a large hole in the nation’s finances. But instead of... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance reveals £5.6 billion of government waste

For immediate release   The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) have uncovered a total of £5,577,988,036.64 of waste across government in a major new investigation with the Daily Mail. The research, launched today on the front page of the Daily Mail, looked into all areas of public spending and comes as the... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance recommends 15 changes to save over £40 billion

For immediate release The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) recommends a number of savings to maintain current spending commitments and help us recover from the sharpest economic contraction in history. Analysis shows that reorganising government and reforming pensioner benefits could save £43 billion next year.  Recent reports suggest that £40 billion worth... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to £21 million bill for PPE broker

For immediate release Responding to news of a £21 million payout to a PPE broker, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“This is an eye-watering amount of taxpayers’ money, and suggests a troubling lack of care with the public purse during the covid crisis.“In a pandemic, action must... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance reveals over 4,000 university staff on £100k

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 12 November The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has revealed that a total of 4,112 staff at British universities taking home over £100,000 each year between 2019 and 2020, an increase of 14 per cent from the previous year. It comes after Vice Chancellors demanded a £2 billion government... Read more...

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