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MPs should repay their debts to taxpayers immediately

Responding to the announcement by IPSA that 26 MPs and former MPs owe varying amounts of money to the taxpayer, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "These MPs and former MPs today named as owing money to IPSA must repay their debts immediately. The lesson of the... Read more...

The EU's £2.4 million subsidy to video game developers

New research from the TaxPayers' Alliance shows that the European Commission has spent nearly £2.4 million on grants towards video game development in 2014 alone, the first year of the new "Creative Europe" programme. The most recent EU budget saw Britain contribute 11.4 per cent of total EU funds. No... Read more...

Peers who are no longer contributing to the Lords should retire

Responding to the announcement of new appointees to the House of Lords, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "David Cameron promised to cut the cost of politics, but with this additional phalanx of peers appointed to an already overcrowded House of Lords, taxpayers are entitled to question... Read more...

Critics of RBS sale are missing the point

A new briefing note published today by the TaxPayers' Alliance suggests that those bemoaning the "loss" made on the first sale of RBS shares are missing the point. With RBS' balance sheet significantly deleveraged and the capital position much stronger than it was seven years ago, it is the right... Read more...

So-called boot camp for young jobseekers a welcome step

Responding to the announcement of an "Intensive Activity Programme" for young jobseekers, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "We have to ensure that the benefit system provides a sturdy safety net for the most vulnerable but it cannot become a long-term alternative to work. It is absolutely... Read more...

The tax burden hits the poorest hardest

New analysis by the TaxPayers' Alliance suggests that Britain's tax system is neither progressive nor balanced across different income groups. The analysis, compiled from Office of National Statistics data, demonstrates that much of the rhetoric around "lifting people out of taxation" or "ensuring that those with the broadest shoulders bear... Read more...

Average total lifetime tax bill now £734,240

New TaxPayers' Alliance analysis has revealed the size of the average family's tax bill over the course of a lifetime. Among the key findings in the report are: Over a lifetime, an average household will pay £734,240 (in 2013-14 prices) in direct and indirect taxes, an increase of 2.3 per... Read more...

What would an Income Tax and National Insurance merger look like?

Recent media coverage has suggested that the Chancellor is considering merging Income Tax and National Insurance into one single "Earnings Tax," with the Office of Tax Simplification asked to conduct a review into the possibility of doing so. Such a move would be a victory for a years-long TaxPayers' Alliance... Read more...

How European Union aid is squandered on wasteful projects

New analysis by the TaxPayers' Alliance of official European Development Fund records has exposed the wasteful projects funded by the European Commission, costing British taxpayers millions of pounds a year. Among the funding commitments uncovered by the TaxPayers' Alliance are: €245,837 (£173,364) on the Nafasi Arts Space in Dar Es... Read more...

Pay hike for MPs is misguided, and the public won't forget it

Responding to the formal announcement of IPSA's decision to give Members of Parliament a significant pay increase, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Just a week after the Chancellor rightly announced further pay restraint in the public sector, it is totally inappropriate for IPSA to be pushing... Read more...

A Sugar Tax would send us down a slippery slope

Responding to calls from the British Medical Association to introduce a sugar tax as a 'useful first step,' Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: It is deeply concerning that the British Medical Association Association is describing what would be a regressive tax, hitting the poorest hardest, as... Read more...

Summer Budget: A tentative step in the right direction

Responding to the Budget, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "This Budget was frustratingly complicated, but overall this was a tentative step in the right direction. The general focus on eradicating the deficit via spending reductions rather than tax hikes is welcome. It was as ever a... Read more...

Osborne has a mandate for deficit reduction and he must use it

Next week's Budget announcement must be a radical one, significantly reducing spending to ensure that the Chancellor keeps the promise he made Britain before the election: that the deficit will be eliminated by 2018. With Britain still running a £75 billion deficit this year and adding to a £1.5 trillion... Read more...

HS2 is cannibalising the rest of the transport budget

Responding to the news that electrification work on the Midland mainline and on the Transpennine route between Leeds and Manchester will be "paused", Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The Secretary of State is right to ensure that electrification delivers value for money, but the delaying of... Read more...

Holiday Tax bill rises to £2.4 billion

New research from the TaxPayers' Alliance shows that punishingly high taxes on holiday items, insurance and flights have forced up the cost of a holiday abroad by £62 on every holidaymaker in Britain. Read more...

The real national debt hits £8.6 trillion

Ahead of anti-austerity protests this weekend, new analysis by the TaxPayers' Alliance today exposes the size of Britain's real national debt and charts its growth since 2010. The picture that emerges is highly troubling and underscores the urgency of the need to repair the public finances.The real national debt extends... Read more...

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