Press releases

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...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to coronavirus fraud

Embargoed: 00:01 Wednesday 30 June 2021   Responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s embargoed report on fraud, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Abuse of the covid schemes will appal hard-working taxpayers, who will ultimately have to foot the bill. “Support had to be deployed quickly without... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Channel 4 White Paper

For immediate release   Responding to the culture secretary's announcement of a consultation on the sale of Channel 4, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “It’s crystal clear that Channel 4 should not still be taxpayer-owned in 2021. “In the age of streaming, it’s ridiculous that we... Read more...

Stonewall received £2.6 million in government grants

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 14 June 2021   With the ongoing departure of government departments and universities from Stonewall’s Diversity Champions scheme, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has revealed that the charity received at least £2,616,102 in government grants between 2015-16 and 2018-19. This was money received over and above amounts given... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to £1 billion TfL bailout

For immediate release   Responding to the £1 billion Transport for London emergency funding deal, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Even before covid, TfL’s finances were already going down the tubes. “While some support on lost fares is understandable, this means yet another billion pound bailout... Read more...

Government spends over £1.2 million on first and business class flights

Embargoed: 00:01 Saturday 22 May 2021   With international travel now resuming, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) have found that government departments spent £1,267,954 on first and business class flights before the covid-19 lockdowns began. Across government departments, business class flights came to a total of £1,256,561 in 2019-20, making the... Read more...

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience.  More info. Okay