Press releases

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the King’s Speech

For immediate release   Responding to the King’s Speech, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be deeply disappointed by a legislative programme that fiddles with everything while fixing nothing. “With frontline services on their knees and the tax burden heading to a record high, Brits... Read more...

Almost 24,000 public sector workers moonlighting as trade union reps

    Embargoed: 22:30, Saturday 13th July 2024   Almost £100 million was spent by the public sector on trade union facility time in 2022-23. There were 23,592 public sector workers moonlighting as trade union reps in 2022-23, the second highest on record, with the full-time equivalent figure of 20,791... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the chancellor’s speech

For immediate release Responding to Rachel Reeves’ first speech as chancellor of the exchequer, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“Taxpayers will welcome the chancellor’s commitment to delivering growth and her genuine grasp of the problems with the planning system. “But with Reeves frequently reaching for the same tired... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the Reform UK ‘contract’

For immediate release Responding to the release of Reform UK’s ‘contract’, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“Reform’s package of tax cuts, spending controls, and reducing regulation has the potential to offer real relief to Brits struggling under a record high tax burden and give a boost to... Read more...

British drinkers to pay £180 million in beer duty during Euros

Embargoed: 00:01, Saturday 15th June 2024   An estimated £180 million of beer duty will be paid to the Treasury during the Euros. UK has the second-highest beer duty compared to EU member states; British drinkers will pay the highest beer duty of any EU country represented at the European... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the Labour manifesto

For immediate release Responding to the Labour Party manifesto launch, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“Taxpayers hoping for change from an ever-rising tax burden will be bitterly disappointed by a Labour manifesto that may rule out major tax rises, but leaves the door open to alternative ways... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the Conservative manifesto

For immediate release Responding to the launch of the Conservative Party manifesto, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“With the tax burden on course to hit an 80 year high, Brits of all ages are looking for concrete measures to get runaway spending under control and fundamentally reform... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Lib Dem election manifesto

For immediate release Responding to the Liberal Democrat election manifesto, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“The Lib Dem manifesto offers warm words on balancing the books and bringing down personal taxes, but beneath the headlines, there’s little to cheer for taxpayers. “Reforms to IR35 rules offer a glimmer... Read more...

ANALYSIS: VAT on private schools could end up costing taxpayers

Embargoed: 00:01, Monday 20th May 2024 *NOTE: This press release has been updated to make clear that the Conservative Party estimates are based on HM Treasury figures* Revenue raised from imposing VAT on private school fees could almost entirely be lost as a result of the increased cost to the... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to NAO report criticising HMRC

*Embargoed: 00:01 Wednesday 15th May 2024*   Responding to the National Audit Office report criticising HMRC performance, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “This scathing report from the NAO will come as no surprise to taxpayers who have tried and tried again to contact HMRC.“While civil servants... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to plans to scrap EDI roles in the Civil Service.

For immediate release Responding to reports that diversity roles in the civil service are set to be scrapped, Joanna Marchong, investigations campaigns manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be thrilled that ministers are injecting some much needed common sense into Whitehall.“Creating whole teams devoted to EDI initiatives has... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the UK emerging from recession

For immediate release Responding to GDP figures showing the UK has officially emerged from a recession, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“The return to growth is a rare piece of good news for taxpayers, who have had little to smile about recently.“But while commentators talk of a... Read more...

Tax burden set to rise to 80-year high by 2028-29

Embargoed: 00:01, Monday 6th May 2024   Tax burden set to reach 80-year high of 37.1 per cent in 2028-29 Current parliament will be biggest tax raising parliament since 1950 TaxPayers’ Alliance calling for tax cuts to change trajectory of ever growing tax burden Analysis by the TaxPayers’ Alliance of... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the OECD cutting UK growth prospects

For immediate release Responding to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s downgraded UK growth forecasts, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “This downgrade should come as no surprise to ministers who have been warned time and time again about their damaging economic policies. “Runaway spending and... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to new council tax data

For immediate release New data released today has revealed that average council tax bills have increased by £106 for band D taxpayers in England, the largest increase in council tax bills since 2003-04 when rates went up by £126. It is the second largest increase in cash terms since council... Read more...

City Hall Rich List 2024: 1,146 city hall bosses received over £100,000 last year

Embargoed: 00:01, Monday 18th March 2024 1,146 employees of city hall and its subsidiaries received over £100,000 in 2022-23 Transport for London alone accounted for 772 employees receiving over £100,000 while the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime saw its numbers increase from 80 to 301 The Mayoral precept has increased by 57 per cent since Sadiq Khan came... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to inflation-busting MP pay rise

For immediate release   Responding to the announcement of a 5.5 per cent pay rise for MPs, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“Taxpayers will be aghast at this inflation-busting pay rise for politicians.“While households struggle to stay above water due to frozen thresholds, MPs are set to... Read more...

Real national debt hits £180,534 per person

Embargoed: 00:01 Friday 8th March 2024   The UK’s real national debt is much higher than suggested by Wednesday’s budget figures, at £12.1 trillion in 2024-25. This is over £180,000 per person The total debt, which includes PFI and pension liabilities, is more than four times the size of the... Read more...

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