Press releases

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Channel 4 White Paper

For immediate release   Responding to the culture secretary's announcement of a consultation on the sale of Channel 4, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “It’s crystal clear that Channel 4 should not still be taxpayer-owned in 2021. “In the age of streaming, it’s ridiculous that we... Read more...

Stonewall received £2.6 million in government grants

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 14 June 2021   With the ongoing departure of government departments and universities from Stonewall’s Diversity Champions scheme, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has revealed that the charity received at least £2,616,102 in government grants between 2015-16 and 2018-19. This was money received over and above amounts given... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to £1 billion TfL bailout

For immediate release   Responding to the £1 billion Transport for London emergency funding deal, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Even before covid, TfL’s finances were already going down the tubes. “While some support on lost fares is understandable, this means yet another billion pound bailout... Read more...

Government spends over £1.2 million on first and business class flights

Embargoed: 00:01 Saturday 22 May 2021   With international travel now resuming, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) have found that government departments spent £1,267,954 on first and business class flights before the covid-19 lockdowns began. Across government departments, business class flights came to a total of £1,256,561 in 2019-20, making the... Read more...

10p plastic bag charge to cost shoppers over £1 billion

Embargoed: 00:01 Friday 21 May 2021   As the 10p plastic bag charge comes into effect today, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has calculated the increased rate will cost consumers £1.03 billion over the next decade.  As well as the 10p levy itself, shoppers face hidden costs like the increased use... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Channel 4 privatisation

Responding to the culture secretary's suggestion that Channel 4 could be privatised, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:   “There’s no reason Channel 4 should still be taxpayer-owned in 2021. “In the age of streaming, it’s ridiculous that we have two publicly-owned broadcasters. “It’s about time Channel... Read more...

Council printing spend plummets by £32 million during pandemic

Embargoed: 00:01 Wednesday 12th May 2021   Research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance has confirmed that councils across the UK have made significant savings on printing in the last year. Local authorities spent £41.6 million on printing between April 2020 and February 2021 - a decline of nearly £32 million (43... Read more...

MEDIA STUNT: TaxPayers’ Alliance puts forward candidate for HS2 chair

For immediate release   With High Speed 2 (HS2) closing applications for a new chair in 3 weeks, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) are putting forward a candidate to represent taxpayers’ interests.  If offered the position, TPA candidate Harry Fone would cut down waste and then scrap the project, after Freedom... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to slashing of foreign aid to China

For immediate release   Responding to the news Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance said: “Slashing foreign aid to China is long overdue.“Previous projects, like helping the Chinese produce rice, saw wanton waste of taxpayers’ cash.“This should be a stepping stone to a proper and permanent cut... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to ONS employment figures

For immediate release   Responding to today’s employment figures from the Office for National Statistics, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Taxpayers have been left doing the heavy lifting off the back of the covid crisis. “Public sector job growth and the ongoing furlough scheme are no... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to figures on council tax in England

For immediate release   Responding to data released today showing rising levels of council tax in England, Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These punishing hikes will hit residents hard.  “Crushing council tax bills are the last thing taxpayers need as we emerge from the coronavirus... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to ‘Tax Day’ changes

For immediate release     Responding to measures announced on ‘Tax Day’ to cut inheritance tax red tape, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Minimising the red tape faced by grieving families is the right step. “Limiting paperwork is long overdue, but inheritance tax remains deeply unfair... Read more...

Independent Scotland could need to double income tax basic rate

Embargoed: 00:01 Sunday 21 March 2021   Ahead of the launch of the Scottish election campaigns, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has found that an independent Scotland would need to raise the basic rate of income tax to 46 pence in the pound to pay for its current level of spending. With... Read more...

Integrated Review: TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to foreign aid rise

For immediate release   Responding to today’s announcement in the Integrated Review that foreign aid spending will increase to 0.7 per cent of GNI, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Politicians must be on another planet if they think ratcheting back up Britain’s foreign aid bill is... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to report on council tax hikes

EMBARGOED 00:01 Friday 12 March 2021   Responding to research from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) showing average council tax in England now exceeds £2,000 in the North East and South West of England, Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Council tax... Read more...

PICTURE: Real national debt hits £143,000 per person

Embargoed: 00:01 Friday 5 March 2021   The UK’s real national debt is much higher than suggested by Wednesday’s budget figures, at £9.6 trillion. This is over £143,000 per person. The total debt, which includes PFI and pension liabilities, is twice the size of the African economy, according to IMF... Read more...

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...

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience.  More info. Okay