Press releases

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to inflation hitting double digits

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) latest data showing CPI at 10.1 per cent in July, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Double-digit inflation is hitting households hard. “A seventy-year high tax burden and record busting price rises are placing an... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Liz Truss’ war on waste

Embargoed: 22:30 Monday 1 August 2022   Responding to Liz Truss’ announcement of a war on waste, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “It’s long past time that politicians committed to a proper war on waste.  “Liz Truss is right to pick up these policies which will... Read more...

Local public sector pay rates could save taxpayers £9 billion

Embargoed: 00:01 Sunday 31 July 2022   TaxPayers’ Alliance proposes reforms to national pay bargaining in the public sector, saving £8.8bn and making the system for pay deals fairer. The gap between public and private sector pay costs up to £20bn a year, meaning additional costs for taxpayers and pay... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to new record high debt interest payments

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics’s (ONS) Public Sector Finances June 2022, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These figures show the cost of servicing the national debt is now in the stratosphere, with yet another record being broken. “Inflation and out... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to inflation at 9.4 per cent

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) latest data showing CPI at 9.4 per cent in June, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Soaring inflation is squeezing households’ budgets and businesses’ balance sheets. “But taxes remain the single biggest bill families and... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to BBC annual report

For immediate release   Responding to the news that BBC star and executive pay packets have reduced, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Despite it being the first year of pensioners paying the TV tax, the Beeb’s top salaries have barely budged. "These pay packets are taken... Read more...

Aslef bosses take home £280,000 in pay and perks

For immediate release   With the transport unions having voted on the ‘biggest rail strike in 25 years’, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has revealed that just two Aslef trade union bosses had a combined total remuneration of £281,601 in 2021. Aslef’s general secretary, Mick Whelan, took home £151,371 in total remuneration... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to proposed VAT cut

For immediate release   Responding to the news that No 10 is considering cutting VAT, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Brits will be delighted that ministers have finally woken up to their calls for tax cuts. “Taxes are the single biggest bill families face and rising... Read more...

MPs respond to further £101 million in trade union subsidies

Embargoed: 00:01 Sunday 26 June 2022   TaxPayers’ Alliance reveals facility time subsidies to the trade unions could total £199 million across the public sector. Much of this goes unreported, with many bodies not complying and others such as Network Rail being exempt. Conservative MPs are writing to Cabinet Office... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to UK inflation hitting a 40-year high

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) latest data showing CPI at 9.1 per cent in May, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Spiralling inflation is taking its toll on taxpayers. “While hard-working households face a cost of living crisis, demands for... Read more...

24,000 public sector workers moonlighting as trade union reps

Embargoed: 00:01 Sunday 19 June 2022   Cabinet minister Rt Hon Jacob Rees Mogg MP endorses TaxPayers’ Alliance report exposing the £100 million cost of trade union facility time. Report recommends capping the time spent on union duties and limiting the cost of facility time to no more than the... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance lays out £56 billion growth boost

For immediate release   As featured in today’s edition of The Sun, economic modelling by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has suggested that cutting VAT and income tax, as well as raising the national insurance threshold and scrapping the rise, would increase GDP by £56 billion by 2029. Following the ONS’s latest stats showing... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to calls for tax cuts

For immediate release   Responding to reports of the Prime Minister facing pressure to cut taxes, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Virtually everyone can see that taxpayers are crying out for some long-awaited tax cuts. “All too often we've seen the government give with one hand... Read more...

Deputy commissioners could add millions to cost of police bosses

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 2 June 2022   The TaxPayers’ Alliance have found that introducing mandatory deputy police and crime commissioners (PCCs) could see bosses taking home an additional £1.4 million on top of the existing £77 million police commissioner budget. With eight top commissioners taking home more than £100,000 in total remuneration - including in West... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to cost of living support measures

For immediate release   Responding to the chancellor’s cost of living support measures, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "This cost of living bailout is little more than the government taking with one hand and giving with the other. "Taxes are the single biggest bill families face... Read more...

Rail union bosses take home £500,000 in pay and perks

Embargoed: 00:01 Wednesday 25 May 2022   With the transport unions having voted on the ‘biggest rail strike in modern history’, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has revealed that just four transport trade union bosses had a combined total remuneration of almost £500,000 during the first year of the pandemic. This included... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to £5.5 billion increase in the tax take

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics’s (ONS) Public Sector Finances April 2022, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These figures lay bare the economic headroom to support Brits struggling with a cost of living crisis. “Taxpayers are crying out for immediate action,... Read more...

Civil service sick days worth £350 million each year

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 16 May 2022   In light of government plans to find savings in the Whitehall workforce, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) have revealed that the civil service lost £348.5 million worth of working time due to sickness absence in 2019-20. Analysis suggests that if civil service absence rates... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to PM's plans to cut civil service

For immediate release   Responding to the news, John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said:“Taxpayers need to see serious efforts to trim Britain’s bloated bureaucracy. “With the pandemic now behind us, government must get back to business as usual and wind down the Whitehall commitments which are costing taxpayers... Read more...

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