Press releases

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...

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...

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