Press releases

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...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the increase in corporation tax

For immediate release   Responding to the planned rise in corporation tax, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be bitterly disappointed to see commitments to lower the 70 year high tax burden have been ditched.  “With a Tory tax rise back on the cards and... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Truss’s comments on spending

For immediate release   Responding to Liz Truss confirming her commitment to not cut spending, James Roberts, political director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The prime minister is in danger of delivering a half-baked fiscal plan.  “Government spending has grown wildly over recent years and tax cuts are back on... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Keir Starmer’s conference speech

For immediate release   Responding to Keir Starmer’s speech to Labour Party conference, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “After years of Tory tax rises hammering working taxpayers, Starmer is right to sing from the hymn sheet of aspiration. “But the idea that endless spending commitments and... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to scrapping of Health and Social Care Levy

For immediate release   Responding to the announcement that the government will scrap the Health and Social Care Levy, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:"It’s long past time that the government abandoned this punishing tax hike on working people and employers alike"It never made any sense to... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to plans to scrap buy-one-get-one-free ban

For immediate release   Responding to reports that the government plans to reverse the anti-obesity strategy, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Junking these nanny state policies is long overdue. “Plans to end buy-one-get-one-free were only going to pile pressure on hard-hit households during a cost of... Read more...

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