Press releases

TaxPayers' Alliance reveals University Rich List

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 3rd October  With students starting their university terms, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has today revealed that there was an average of 3,615 staff at British universities taking home over £100,000 each year between 2016 and 2018.  The University of Edinburgh had the most high earners, reporting that 335 staff received over £100,000 in... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance reveals Public Sector Trade Union Rich List

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 9th September With TUC Congress in full swing, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has today revealed that the average remuneration of the 30 union bosses on more than £100,000 was £144,168 in 2018. This is an increase of £12,970 from the previous year. Union top bosses weren't the... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance proved right on true costs of HS2

For Immediate Release   Today the TaxPayers' Alliance has welcomed the announcement by Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, that the true cost of High Speed 2 (HS2) will be £81-88 billion in 2019 prices. Previous governments have maintained that HS2 would only cost £55.6 billion despite knowing the... Read more...

TPA exposes £17bn of overruns on major government projects

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 26th August With the government announcing a review of HS2, a new report by the TaxPayers' Alliance analyses data on 10 UK major projects - covering everything from Astute submarines to Crossrail - which have collectively overrun by more than three decades and £17 billion. These overruns equal £624 per UK... Read more...

TPA welcomes the announcement of the independent review of HS2

For Immediate Release TPA has long called for the project to be scrapped The campaign group strongly welcomes this effort to shine a light on the true costs of HS2 Strong review team includes Lord Berkeley, who sat on the TPA's Great British Transport Competition panel The government today (Wednesday, 21st August... Read more...

Met Police flights and hotel bill skyrockets

For Immediate Release New figures secured by the Greater London Assembly reveal that the costs of flights and hotels for the Metropolitan Police have risen sharply under London mayor Sadiq Khan's watch. In 2015-16 the Met spent £2,550,613 on flights which by 2018-19 had nearly doubled to £4,620,000. Hotel costs almost trebled from £763,199... Read more...

Re-nationalisation is not the answer to rail fare rises

For Immediate Release Inflation, as measured by the Retail Price Index, is going up. That means most rail fares are due to rise again this January. But calls to re-nationalise the railways should be rebuffed. Significantly lower fares could only be delivered by increasing taxpayer support, which would disproportionately benefit... Read more...

TPA reveals the taxes on dying

For Immediate Release Research by the TaxPayers' Alliance examines the taxes and charges involved when someone passes away. In 2019-20, the government is projected to receive £5.35 billion from grieving taxpayers via inheritance tax, the highest amount ever. But this is only one of the many ways that the government extracts... Read more...

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...