Press releases

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...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to spring budget

For immediate release Responding to the spring budget, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“Alongside some wins for motorists, pub-goers and workers it was encouraging to hear the chancellor talk about a simpler tax system, given much of the pressure on taxpayers comes from complexity.“That said, taxes overall... Read more...

Average household will pay over £1.2 million in tax in a lifetime

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 4th March 2024   TPA analysis of ONS data reveals the lifetime tax bill for average households reached over £1.2 million in 2021-22. The poorest households will work 23 years to pay off their tax bill, leaving 22 years of income for themselves. Average households are set... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the economy entering a recession

For immediate release   Responding to new ONS figures confirming that the UK has entered a recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of GDP decline, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will be right to blame the government for a mess largely of its own making.... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to further strikes by junior doctors

For immediate release   Responding to an announcement that junior doctors will strike for five more days, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Brits are growing impatient for a return to the fully-functioning health service that they deserve.  “Whilst the right to strike is important, doctors are... Read more...

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