Press releases

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to shadow chancellor’s speech

For immediate release   Responding to the shadow chancellor’s speech to the Labour Party conference, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “It’s refreshing to hear the shadow chancellor take a stand on cavalier government spending splurges. “Endless treasury schemes and failed PPE contracts have cost hard-pressed taxpayers... Read more...

BBC Rich List 2020: £37.5m bumper bill for BBC bosses

For immediate release   BBC stars and executives are both receiving mega-salaries, with senior executives costing a total of £37.5 million each year, and enjoying perks including drivers and four star spa hotels. Analysis shows the median salary of a BBC employee is 83 per cent higher than the median... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to BBC salaries for “loaded luvvies”

For immediate release   Responding to the publication of BBC star salaries, John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: “BBC salary surges for loaded luvvies fly in the face of ratepayers facing economic ruin. “These bumper Beeb pay packets are picked from the pockets of pensioners and poor... Read more...

Trade Union Rich List 2020: Teaching union bosses share £1m pay pot

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 14 September 2020 As the TUC Congress begins today, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has revealed that the average remuneration of the top 29 public sector union bosses was £153,935 in 2019.Education union bosses topped this year’s annual Public Sector Trade Union Rich List, with six senior staff sharing £1,296,869 between them.Sally Hunt, former general secretary of... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to Harry and Meghan "royal refund"

For immediate release   Responding to reports that Harry and Meghan have paid back the money for Frogmore Cottage, Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “At long last the California couple have coughed up the cash. “This was a hard-fought win for taxpayers, who were furious... Read more...

Rishi must rule out “punishing tax hikes”, says TaxPayers’ Alliance

For immediate release Commenting on reports that the chancellor is planning a tax raid to pay for the coronavirus response, John O’Connell chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“Punishing tax hikes are the exact opposite of what Britain needs, and Rishi must rule them out.“After the monumental national effort to... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to scrapping of Public Health England

For immediate release   Responding to the announcement by Matt Hancock that Public Health England will be scrapped, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “This is very welcome news for taxpayers, who for too long have propped up a nannying quango more interested in dictating diets than... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to ONS recession figures

For immediate release   Commenting on today’s announcement from the ONS that the UK has officially fallen into recession, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "While this news won’t come as a surprise, taxpayers will want to hear how the government plans to tackle this unprecedented economic... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance reveals £56 cost of online sales tax

Embargoed: 00:01 Wednesday 29 July 2020   TaxPayers’ Alliance research finds costs of reported online sales tax.  It would hit the poorest and most vulnerable hardest, with deliveries being a lifeline for millions.  The campaign group opposes the chancellor’s constant war on shoppers. New analysis from the TaxPayers’ Alliance reveals... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to BBC charging over 75s for licence fee

For immediate release Responding to the confirmation that the BBC will end free TV licences for over 75s, James Roberts, political director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: "This announcement shows the Beeb would rather fleece pensioners than cut its wasteful diversity budgets and top star salaries. "The TV tax is a... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the chancellor’s economic statement

For immediate release   Commenting on the chancellor’s economic statement, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The chancellor announced a ‘plan for jobs’ but it’s tomorrow’s taxpayers who will have to work hard to pay for it all. “While the jobs retention bonus will help ensure that... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to new “unringfenced” funding package

For immediate release   Commenting on the further funding package for local councils announced by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “This endless flow of uncontrolled cash to cack-handed councils is likely to see millions more... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to big promises from “Boris the Builder”

For immediate release   Responding to the prime minister’s speech on re-building the economy post pandemic, John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:    “Boris the Builder is promising to fix it, but jobs and investment won’t come from spending splurges alone.  “The PM’s promises on planning reform and... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to announced merger of DfID into the FCO

For immediate release   Commenting on the announced merger of the Department for International Development into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, James Roberts, political director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "This shift is good news for taxpayers, but it's crucial that the end result is less of their money being... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to today's ONS figures

For immediate release   Responding to today's ONS figures, John O'Connell chief executive at the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "The shocking size of this slump is yet another reminder of the dire economic circumstances we find ourselves in.    "With the public finances in tatters and the country facing painful unemployment,... Read more...

Over 500 TfL staff earned more than £100,000 despite £1.6bn taxpayer bailout

Embargoed: 00:01 Tuesday 9 June   The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) today reveals its City Hall Rich List 2020, detailing hundreds of transport bosses earning more than £100,000 in pay, bonuses and benefits last year.In total, 654 staff employed by the Greater London Authority and its subsidiary bodies (Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police, the London... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to reports of tax and regulation stimulus package

For immediate release   Responding to reports of a tax and regulation stimulus package, John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:"Taxpayers and businesses experiencing severe economic uncertainty will be heartened to hear that a recovery plan looks set to focus on tax cuts and deregulation.It's vital that the government... Read more...

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