Press releases

TaxPayers' Alliance slams plain packs as a "Smuggler's Charter"

Reacting to the news that the Government plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "International evidence shows that plain packs are not having the desired impact on public health, so this illiberal measure is simply another victory for the nanny... Read more...

Osborne's Charter is a "Meaningless Political Gimmick" say TaxPayers' Alliance

Chancellor will bring legislation to House today that essentially copies Alistair Darling's Fiscal Responsibility Act, which set deficit reduction targets in law Then-Shadow Chancellor Osborne was right to call legislation "vacuous and irrelevant" at the time, but is now bringing it back in the form of the Charter for Budget Responsibility for his own political... Read more...

Stamp Duty reform an overdue victory for taxpayers

Welcome victory for TaxPayers' Alliance Stamp Out Stamp Duty campaign, as the burden of this pernicious tax on most homebuyers is reduced The deficit remains too high, however, and the Chancellor failed to address this elephant in the room with the detail taxpayers deserve More fiddly tax measures will create further complexity Read more...

A Kremlin's worth of office space provided to trade unions by public sector bodies

New research conducted by the TaxPayers' Alliance suggests public bodies are providing trade union representatives with office space in taxpayer-funded buildings at knock-down rates Government guidance says "restrictions should be placed on use of office facilities" but many bodies are ignoring that advice. Analysis demonstrates subsidised union activity in the same week that manymilitant... Read more...

New research reveals Foreign Aid failing to increase freedom in developing world

Extensive data study over the past ten years finds that foreign aid spending has no bearing on the freedom of ordinary people, the press or business in developing countries Ground-breaking report gives developing countries a "freedom score" and contrasts that with the amount of bilateral foreign aid given by the UK Government Of 20 countries studied, 10 countries... Read more...

New research: Taxpayers fund trade unions to the tune of £108 million

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) today reveals that trade unions received at least £108 million in subsidies from taxpayers in 2012-13, just £5 million less than in 2011-12. Our comprehensive survey shows shows that trade unions received an estimated £85 million in paid staff time (facility time) plus £23 million in direct payments in 2012-13. The research also demonstrates... Read more...

Stamp Duty is "unfair, unjust, and must be scrapped"

In response to criticism of Stamp Duty Land Tax by a number of MPs in today's Westminster Hall debate, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:"Stamp Duty is unfair, unjust and must be reformed. It stops ordinary families moving up the property ladder, discourages the elderly from downsizing,... Read more...

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