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Rail union bosses take home £500,000 in pay and perks

Embargoed: 00:01 Wednesday 25 May 2022   With the transport unions having voted on the ‘biggest rail strike in modern history’, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has revealed that just four transport trade union bosses had a combined total remuneration of almost £500,000 during the first year of the pandemic. This included... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to £5.5 billion increase in the tax take

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics’s (ONS) Public Sector Finances April 2022, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These figures lay bare the economic headroom to support Brits struggling with a cost of living crisis. “Taxpayers are crying out for immediate action,... Read more...

Civil service sick days worth £350 million each year

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 16 May 2022   In light of government plans to find savings in the Whitehall workforce, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) have revealed that the civil service lost £348.5 million worth of working time due to sickness absence in 2019-20. Analysis suggests that if civil service absence rates... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to PM's plans to cut civil service

For immediate release   Responding to the news, John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said:“Taxpayers need to see serious efforts to trim Britain’s bloated bureaucracy. “With the pandemic now behind us, government must get back to business as usual and wind down the Whitehall commitments which are costing taxpayers... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the Queen’s Speech

For immediate release   Responding to the Queen’s Speech, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Welcome promises to roll back regulations, sort out procurement and reform taxes tomorrow won’t help Brits struggling today. “With the cost of living crisis already crippling families and firms, taxpayers are crying... Read more...

NHS overspends by £218 million in high energy costs

For immediate release   As the health and social care levy hits pay packets, the TaxPayers’ Alliance have found that NHS trusts could have saved £218 million in gas and electricity costs. This would have paid for 9 new nurses at each hospital in the UK. Analysis of NHS data... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to record high debt interest payments

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics’s (ONS) Public Sector Finances March 2022, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These figures show the cost of servicing the national debt is skyrocketing. “With interest payments now the size of large government departments, that’s taxpayers’... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds Channel 4 privatisation

For immediate release   Responding to the news that Channel Four is to be sold by the government, Darwin Friend, policy analyst at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “It’s about time that Channel 4 was expected to stand on its own two feet.  “Selling it off will benefit not just viewers... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the spring statement

For immediate release   Responding to the spring statement, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Taxpayers suffering through a cost of living crisis will welcome wins on fuel duty and income taxes.  “Soaring inflation has given the chancellor extra wiggle room, but this tax plan needs to... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to ONS public sector finances figures

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics’s (ONS) Public Sector Finances February 2022, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These figures give the chancellor some much-needed wriggle room to prevent the economy from going under. “Soaring inflation may be multiplying our debt interest... Read more...

ANALYSIS: Two thirds of health and social care levy lost to slower growth

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 21 March 2022   Ahead of Wednesday’s spring statement, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has modelled the impact of the planned national insurance rise on growth, wages, and investment. The model, produced by economics consultancy Europe Economics, lays bare the impact of the health and social care levy... Read more...

Wrapper tax could add extra £96 to household cost of living

Embargoed: 00:01 Saturday 19 March 2022   The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has calculated that packaging waste charges could cost households an extra £96 a year on their shopping bills, despite rubbish collection already being covered as part of council tax.  The proposed reforms from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to CIPFA council tax survey

For immediate release   Responding to research from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) showing the average monthly council tax bill will rise by £65, Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Crushing council tax rises are yet another kick in the teeth for... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to MPs’ pay rise announcement

For immediate release   Responding to the announcement of a 2.7 per cent pay rise for MPs, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Working households will be furious to see MPs' pay go up while they face crippling tax hikes. “The current system of pegging politicians’ salaries... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance warns against ‘damaging' online sales tax

For immediate release   As the government launches a consultation on an online sales tax, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has warned against its introduction to help combat the cost of living. Previous TPA research has found that the tax would raise costs for consumers, conflict with changes to planning law... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to £200 million TfL bailout

For immediate release   Responding to Transport for London’s fourth emergency funding settlement, Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Even before covid, TfL’s finances were already off the rails. “Ministers are right to demand savings in return for yet another bailout for an organisation that wastes huge... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to public sector borrowing surplus

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) latest release showing a £2.9 billion surplus in January 2022, the first since January 2020, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These figures show that the economy is well on its way to recovery. “Lower... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to inflation at 5.5 per cent

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) latest data showing CPI at 5.5 per cent in January, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Rising inflation could act as a stealth tax on unsuspecting taxpayers. "With households facing a cost of living crisis,... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to 7.5 per cent GDP growth

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics’s (ONS) GDP first quarterly estimate, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Bumper growth is exactly what is needed to tackle the colossal cost of covid. “But April’s tax hikes threaten to undo the work of getting... Read more...

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