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Rising cost of politics: average MP now costs £158,000 per year

For immediate release   The total cost of MPs was up 6.47 per cent last year to £127.6 million, according to figures released today by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). The average cost of an MP was £157,747 in the 2019-20 financial year, which included expenses claims for travel... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to NAO report on BBC licence fee

Embargoed: 00:01 Wednesday 20 January 2021   Responding to the National Audit Office report on the future of the BBC licence fee, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “It’s no wonder millions of us have turned off the BBC. “Even after forcing pensioners to pay the telly... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to corporation tax rise reports

For immediate release   Responding to a possible rise in corporation tax in the March budget, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “You couldn’t pick a worse time to be whacking up business taxes.  “With the economy on its knees and millions facing unemployment, hammering Britain’s big... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to MPs’ pay freeze

For immediate release   Responding to IPSA’s announcement of a pay freeze for MPs, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “This victory for common sense is an early Christmas present for taxpayers. “With the public finances in such a dire state, many public sector salaries have rightly... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance finds Bristol council wasted over £5 million

For immediate release Research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has revealed Bristol city council has wasted at least £5 million of taxpayers’ money in the last five years. The council has launched a consultation which could potentially raise tax by five per cent next year thanks to bungling bosses and... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the Comprehensive Spending Review

For immediate release   Responding to the Comprehensive Spending Review, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The lack of focus on value for money in today’s spending review will no doubt disappoint taxpayers. “Coronavirus has undeniably left a large hole in the nation’s finances. But instead of... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance reveals £5.6 billion of government waste

For immediate release   The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) have uncovered a total of £5,577,988,036.64 of waste across government in a major new investigation with the Daily Mail. The research, launched today on the front page of the Daily Mail, looked into all areas of public spending and comes as the... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance recommends 15 changes to save over £40 billion

For immediate release The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) recommends a number of savings to maintain current spending commitments and help us recover from the sharpest economic contraction in history. Analysis shows that reorganising government and reforming pensioner benefits could save £43 billion next year.  Recent reports suggest that £40 billion worth... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to £21 million bill for PPE broker

For immediate release Responding to news of a £21 million payout to a PPE broker, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“This is an eye-watering amount of taxpayers’ money, and suggests a troubling lack of care with the public purse during the covid crisis.“In a pandemic, action must... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance reveals over 4,000 university staff on £100k

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 12 November The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has revealed that a total of 4,112 staff at British universities taking home over £100,000 each year between 2019 and 2020, an increase of 14 per cent from the previous year. It comes after Vice Chancellors demanded a £2 billion government... Read more...

Quangocrat elite cost taxpayers £124m in pay and perks

Embargoed: 00:01 Tuesday 6 October 2020   New research from the TaxPayers’ Alliance has revealed that the annual cost of quango board members was almost £124 million, with some collecting multiple pay packets by sitting on different boards.   Analysis of 2018-19 figures - the most recent year for which full... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to chancellor’s winter economy plan

For immediate release   Responding to the chancellor’s winter economy plan, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: “Rishi is right to take a more sustainable path in our recovery from the covid crisis. “These measures are a better alternative to full furlough, lightening the load on hard-pressed... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Keir Starmer’s speech

For immediate release   Responding to Keir Starmer’s speech to the Labour Party conference, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The opposition leader is absolutely right to call out wasted millions, but announcing further spending promises will only create more of the same. “The last thing families... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to shadow chancellor’s speech

For immediate release   Responding to the shadow chancellor’s speech to the Labour Party conference, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “It’s refreshing to hear the shadow chancellor take a stand on cavalier government spending splurges. “Endless treasury schemes and failed PPE contracts have cost hard-pressed taxpayers... Read more...

BBC Rich List 2020: £37.5m bumper bill for BBC bosses

For immediate release   BBC stars and executives are both receiving mega-salaries, with senior executives costing a total of £37.5 million each year, and enjoying perks including drivers and four star spa hotels. Analysis shows the median salary of a BBC employee is 83 per cent higher than the median... Read more...

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