Press releases

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...

TPA backs calls for Commons Budget Committee

For Immediate Release Responding to the news that the House of Commons Procedure Committee is calling for the establishment of a Budget Committee to properly scrutinise government spending plans, Mike Denham, Chairman of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said:  "This report is a big win for the taxpayers of tomorrow. "Proper oversight... Read more...

TPA brands BBC pay-rises 'disrespectful'

For Immediate Release Responding to the news that the BBC have rewarded pay-rises to top paid stars, Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager for the TaxPayers’ Alliance said;  “After announcing that many pensioners will now be forced to pay the dreaded TV tax, you’d think the BBC would have shown more respect to... Read more...

TPA recommends a new framework for the creation of unitary authorities

Experts call for new conditions on unitary authorities Embargoed: 00:01 Tuesday 2nd July  As the Local Government Association conference begins in Bournemouth, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) recommends a new framework for the creation of unitary authorities across England. With insights from elections expert, Lord Robert Hayward, TPA analysis released today... Read more...

TPA: State Seizing Control Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

For Immediate Release Responding to a report from Unison which calls on the state to seize control of the Big Six energy companies, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "The far left's aspiration for higher taxes and state control of industry are straight out of socialist Venezuela, and would mean abject misery... Read more...

Commons report: True cost of HS2 is £65 billion

For Immediate Release Yesterday the House of Commons library published a briefing note on the business case for HS2, revealing that HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport (DfT) were aware that costs would be £9bn more (£65 billion) than public estimates, but chose not to share this information with the public. ... Read more...