Press releases

TPA: High tax burden in Scotland has hit economy

For immediate release Reacting to the news that income tax receipts in Scotland are lower than projected as a result of sluggish growth, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said:  "Often high levels of taxation can slow down economic growth and result in individuals and businesses relocating elsewhere. Conversely, lower taxes can... Read more...

TPA backs calls for Commons Budget Committee

For Immediate Release Responding to the news that the House of Commons Procedure Committee is calling for the establishment of a Budget Committee to properly scrutinise government spending plans, Mike Denham, Chairman of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said:  "This report is a big win for the taxpayers of tomorrow. "Proper oversight... Read more...

TPA brands BBC pay-rises 'disrespectful'

For Immediate Release Responding to the news that the BBC have rewarded pay-rises to top paid stars, Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager for the TaxPayers’ Alliance said;  “After announcing that many pensioners will now be forced to pay the dreaded TV tax, you’d think the BBC would have shown more respect to... Read more...

TPA recommends a new framework for the creation of unitary authorities

Experts call for new conditions on unitary authorities Embargoed: 00:01 Tuesday 2nd July  As the Local Government Association conference begins in Bournemouth, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) recommends a new framework for the creation of unitary authorities across England. With insights from elections expert, Lord Robert Hayward, TPA analysis released today... Read more...

TPA: State Seizing Control Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

For Immediate Release Responding to a report from Unison which calls on the state to seize control of the Big Six energy companies, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "The far left's aspiration for higher taxes and state control of industry are straight out of socialist Venezuela, and would mean abject misery... Read more...

Commons report: True cost of HS2 is £65 billion

For Immediate Release Yesterday the House of Commons library published a briefing note on the business case for HS2, revealing that HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport (DfT) were aware that costs would be £9bn more (£65 billion) than public estimates, but chose not to share this information with the public. ... Read more...

Social insurance scheme preferred to income tax rise

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 23rd May  Responding to a report by IPPR calling for income tax rises to fund social care, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:  “We need a more sustainable funding solution for social care - but putting up income tax would be a hit to household budgets... Read more...

TPA proposes measures to save £11 billion on Crossrail 2

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 20th May Crossrail 2 is a £36 billion project to link south west and north east London rail services via new tunnels between Wimbledon and Dalston through central London. A new TPA report has found that £11 billion could be saved with cost reduction measures The report also suggests... Read more...

TPA backs Lords report calling for a 'rethink' of HS2

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 16th May  Responding to a report published today by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, which calls on the government to rethink HS2, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "We have long argued that HS2 is a waste of taxpayers' money, and it's good to... Read more...

TPA calls for public sector pension freedom

Embargoed: 00:01 Saturday 11th May 2019 New TPA report calls for public sector workers to have more control over their remuneration. Report suggests that those in the public sector should be able to opt-out of their employer pension and take the contribution as salary. This would be on a voluntary basis. The most recent... Read more...