Press releases

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...

Government right to end costly handouts to a vociferous green lobby

Responding to this morning's announcement by the Department for Energy and Climate Change that wind farm subsidies will be abolished sooner than planned, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Onshore wind subsidies have pushed up energy bills for years and the Government is right to get rid... Read more...

Carter Report: The NHS simply has to become more efficient

Responding to the publication of Lord Carter's report on NHS efficiency, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "With an ageing population, the NHS simply has to become more efficient, and Lord Carter's report has confirmed our own research into wasteful spending at far too many NHS trusts.... Read more...

Chancellor is making the best of a bad job on RBS

Responding to the announcement that the Government will begin selling off its stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The headlines will be grabbed by a potential loss on the sale of RBS but the overall profit from the combined bank... Read more...

TPA welcomes plan to sell remaining stake in Royal Mail

Today, Chancellor of the Exchequer announced plans to sell off the government's remaining stake in Royal Mail. Responding to the news, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The Chancellor is absolutely right to go ahead with the sale, which will help to cut down the deficit. Officials... Read more...

IPSA is hopelessly out of touch on MPs' pay

Responding to the news that IPSA, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, are launching a consultation on a significant increase in MPs' pay and again calling for an above-inflation increase, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It beggars belief that this overgrown quango is launching yet another consultation... Read more...

Revealed: Local councils own 580 restaurants, 378 pubs, 191 shopping centres, 174 hotels... and a cheese factory

New research by the TaxPayers' Alliance shows surprising scale of councils' asset portfolios Assets include golf courses, restaurants, hotels, shopping centres, a wet fish stall in Thanet and a cheese factory in Dumfries and Galloway Revelations come as councils continue to complain about size of central government grant and plead poverty as a reason for increasing Council Tax on... Read more...

NHS gardening bill tops £26 million

New research from the TaxPayers' Alliance has revealed the scale of overpayments on grounds and gardens maintenance across the NHS. Analysis of the data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, a Department of Health agency, shows significant disparities in how much NHS trusts spend. There appear to be... Read more...

New government must stay strong on spending restraint

Responding to the election result, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive, said: "Voters faced an important decision at this election: sticking with a party which recognises that the country has to live within its means; or plumping for a party which paid lip-service to deficit reduction but wouldn't admit its catastrophic role... Read more...

NEW RESEARCH: 'The Spending Plan'

The TaxPayers' Alliance today calls on all political leaders to inject a dose of honesty into the pre-election debate about future spending cuts, with the publication of The Spending Plan. Read more...

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