Press releases

TaxPayers' Alliance welcomes plans to ban taxpayer funded lobbying

Responding to the government's plans to ban charities using taxpayers' money to lobby ministers Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It simply cannot be right that taxpayers' money is spent to lobby the Government without those paying for it having any say or even knowledge of which... Read more...

Welsh Government's profligate spending on Cardiff Airport

Responding to the Audit Office report that the Welsh Government paid over the odds for Cardiff Airport, Lee Canning, Wales co-ordinator for the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: Welsh taxpayers will struggle to understand why such a large amount of their money has been wasted so needlessly. When some Assembly Members are... Read more...

Bill for council compensation payments tops £100 million

New research from the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) reveals that over £100 million has been paid out in compensation claims against local authorities across the Great Britain over the last two years. These figures suggest that some local authorities are failing to adequately deliver services - such as pothole repair and... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance slams junior doctors' strike as 'dangerous'

Responding to the proposed strike action by junior doctors, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: The BMA should call off this dangerous strike and return to the negotiating table before patients suffer, not least because they insist that patient safety is their paramount concern. The current contract... Read more...

The country must live within taxpayers' means

Reacting to George Osborne's speech in Cardiff this afternoon (7th January 2016), Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The chancellor is right to say that the job of fixing the public finances is not yet complete, especially given we still have a substantial deficit of around £70... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance slams calls for a sugar tax

Responding to news that ministers may be considering a sugar tax, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "A sugar tax would be deeply regressive and hit those on lower incomes the hardest. Rather than capitulate to the self-appointed High Priests of the Nanny State in the public... Read more...

It's time to rethink the expensive blanket bans on e-cigarettes

The Welsh Assembly is soon to vote on the Public Heath Bill. One of the proposed measures is to impose a blanket ban on using e-cigarettes in workplaces, in both the public and private sectors. The National Assembly for Wales Finance Committee’s report into the Public Health Bill says that... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance slams the Health Committee's call for a sugar tax

Responding to the report from the Health Committee, which calls for the introduction of a sugar tax, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "A sugar tax would be deeply regressive, hitting the poorest hardest and putting even greater pressure on family budgets. Politicians and the self-appointed High... Read more...

The Spending Review was a "big missed opportunity"

Reacting to the Autumn Statement and Spending Review, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "When public spending is going up year after year, how can anyone describe that as austerity? It's good news that the Chancellor intends to run a surplus by the end of the parliament.... Read more...

8,648 schools and university staff on £100,000 or more

As part of The Public Sector Rich List, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) today publishes the most comprehensive list of employees in the state education sector who had total annual remuneration exceeding £100,000 in 2013-14. As funding from government to education institutions decreases, necessary savings are being made in line with... Read more...

670 Police staff on £100,000 or more

As part of the Public Sector Rich List, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) today publishes the most comprehensive report detailing Police Service employees whose annual remuneration exceeded £100,000. A combination of Freedom of Information requests and analysis of Police Service annual statements of accounts has been used to produce this research.... Read more...

50,137 NHS staff on £100,000 or more

In it's second release as part of the Public Sector Rich List series, the TaxPayers' Alliance today reveals the full scale of senior pay in the NHS. We detail the GPs, dentists and senior managers in receipt of bumper pay deals, with a full regional survey of all those whose remuneration exceeds £100,000.Nobody... Read more...

3,483 council staff on more than £100,000

The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) presents the ninth Town Hall Rich List, part of its most comprehensive Public Sector Rich List. Praised in the past by politicians on both sides of the House of Commons, it is the go-to guide for local government executive pay deals. It details the job titles, full remuneration... Read more...

Corbyn's Student Union economics has no place in the real world

Responding to the Opposition Leader's speech, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: After the criticisms Ed Miliband faced last year, it beggars belief that Jeremy Corbyn did not see it fit to mention either the national debt or the deficit once in his Conference speech. Nor did... Read more...

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