Press releases

Council energy firms lose £114 million

Embargoed: 00:01 Friday 22 October 2021 As smaller energy firms fold thanks to spiking prices, the TPA reveals the millions lost by the council-owned firms that blur the line between the public and private sectors. Using taxpayers’ money to dabble in the energy markets puts families on the hook for... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to near 60 year high debt level

For immediate release Responding to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) latest public sector finances figures showing the highest debt to GDP ratio since 1963, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:   “These numbers confirm Britain’s debt level is now the highest in a generation. “It serves... Read more...

NHS cash used for hot tubs, football tickets and PlayStations

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 21 October 2021   As part of its ‘War on Waste’ campaign, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) today reveals thousands of pounds from NHS health budgets has been spent on luxuries including hot tubs, football tickets and PlayStations.  Freedom of information requests sent to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Boris Johnson’s speech

For immediate release   Responding to Boris Johnson’s speech to Conservative Party conference, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “We’re a long way away from the PM’s high-wage, low-tax economy. “Taxpayers deserve to know how the prime minister plans to get to the economy of opportunity he... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Keir Starmer’s conference speech

For immediate release   Responding to Keir Starmer’s speech to the Labour Party conference, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Starmer’s speech was big on pledges but short on policies. “The Labour leader is right that taxpayers are concerned about the cost of living, and they will... Read more...

Trade Union Rich List 2021: TUC boss received remuneration of £167,000

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 13th September 2021   With the TUC Congress in full swing, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has revealed that the average remuneration of the top 30 public sector union bosses was £150,755 in 2020.  Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, has criticised plans to end the... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to health and social care levy announcement

For immediate release   Responding to the announcement of a health and social care levy, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Hardworking taxpayers will foot a punishing bill for the prime minister’s social care ploy. “Despite claiming to share the burden, this hike will hit low-paid workers... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to 4.8 per cent GDP growth

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2021 first quarterly estimate figures John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These figures show promising signs of recovery. “But we are not out of the woods yet and bumper growth is needed to tackle the... Read more...

327 public bodies paying Stonewall over £1 million each year

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 9 August 2021   A TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) investigation has found a total of 327 public bodies were paying into Stonewall's Diversity Champions scheme. Between 2018-19 and 2020-21, this saw Stonewall receive over £3 million of taxpayers’ money. Freedom of Information requests found that more than two... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to NIC report on cost of net zero

For immediate release   Responding to the National Infrastructure Commission report suggesting that bills could rise by £400 a year to cover the cost of net zero, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The net zero target must not see working taxpayers landed with the bill.  “With... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to PAC reports on pandemic spending

Embargoed: 00:01 Sunday 25 July 2021   Responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s reports on spending during the pandemic, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The simple truth is that the pandemic has left taxpayers on the hook for billions. “Of course the government had to react... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to proposed national insurance increase

For immediate release   Responding to a proposed one percentage point rise in national insurance to fund social care, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Funding social care requires a more sustainable solution than simply whacking up taxes on working people and businesses. “What’s more, when politicians... Read more...

Salt & sugar taxes could cost shoppers up to £4.8 billion each year

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 15 July 2021   Henry Dimbleby's National Food Strategy has proposed sugar and salt taxes on everyday staples that may see every household forking out an extra £172 per year to the taxman.  Dimbleby predicts the tax would cost households between £2.9 and £3.4 billion per year,... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to international aid double lock

For immediate release   Responding to the news of a compromise on overseas aid spending, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “This is another arbitrary aid target taxpayers don’t want. “It will lock in wasteful foreign aid projects and ensure the British public are stuck with the... Read more...

Cut VAT for England fans paying £65,000 a minute in beer taxes

Embargoed: 00:01 Saturday 10 July 2021   With England supporters ready to enjoy a pint watching the Euro 2020 final tomorrow, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has revealed that fans are paying around £64,884 per minute in taxes on beer. Using estimates from England’s semi-final game against Denmark, the campaign group... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to BBC top salaries

For immediate release   Responding to the news that BBC star and executive pay packets have reduced, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The Beeb is now taking baby steps in tackling top salaries.  "But these BBC pay packets are picked from the pockets of pensioners and... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to £10 billion per year spending black hole

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s latest fiscal risks report released today, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These numbers are a wake-up call of the fiscal pressures facing us as we emerge from the pandemic.  “It’s clear the economy has been... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to ONS GDP figures

For immediate release   Responding to today’s GDP figures from the Office for National Statistics, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The devastating effects of the covid crisis on British hospitality are plain to see. “Pubs, clubs and restaurants have struggled to face down this pandemic, and... Read more...

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