Press releases

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to figures on council tax in England

For immediate release   Responding to data released today showing rising levels of council tax in England, Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These punishing hikes will hit residents hard.  “Crushing council tax bills are the last thing taxpayers need as we emerge from the coronavirus... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to ‘Tax Day’ changes

For immediate release     Responding to measures announced on ‘Tax Day’ to cut inheritance tax red tape, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Minimising the red tape faced by grieving families is the right step. “Limiting paperwork is long overdue, but inheritance tax remains deeply unfair... Read more...

Independent Scotland could need to double income tax basic rate

Embargoed: 00:01 Sunday 21 March 2021   Ahead of the launch of the Scottish election campaigns, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has found that an independent Scotland would need to raise the basic rate of income tax to 46 pence in the pound to pay for its current level of spending. With... Read more...

Integrated Review: TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to foreign aid rise

For immediate release   Responding to today’s announcement in the Integrated Review that foreign aid spending will increase to 0.7 per cent of GNI, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Politicians must be on another planet if they think ratcheting back up Britain’s foreign aid bill is... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to report on council tax hikes

EMBARGOED 00:01 Friday 12 March 2021   Responding to research from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) showing average council tax in England now exceeds £2,000 in the North East and South West of England, Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Council tax... Read more...

PICTURE: Real national debt hits £143,000 per person

Embargoed: 00:01 Friday 5 March 2021   The UK’s real national debt is much higher than suggested by Wednesday’s budget figures, at £9.6 trillion. This is over £143,000 per person. The total debt, which includes PFI and pension liabilities, is twice the size of the African economy, according to IMF... Read more...

BUDGET ANALYSIS: UK corporate tax rates will be higher than France

For immediate release     New TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) analysis of OECD data has found that tax changes in today’s budget will make corporate tax rates higher than those in France. This is despite claims that corporation tax rates will still be the lowest in the G7.  Research shows the... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the budget

For immediate release   Responding to the budget, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:   “There were some wins for taxpayers today, but it doesn’t gloss over the fact that this was a tax-raising budget. “The chancellor is helping to rescue struggling sectors but £30 billion worth... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Keir Starmer’s economy speech

For immediate release   Responding to the Labour leader’s speech on a “new partnership” between government and business, John O’Connell, executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“The Labour leader may be the only person right now who doesn’t want to return to business as usual.“Taxpayers are desperate to get on with... Read more...

£13 billion tax rescue package could save our summer holidays

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 18 February   The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) is calling for a respite from taxes, a rescue for struggling sectors, and a revival for the economy. The tax rescue package includes £13 billion of savings for hospitality this year, saving our summer holidays by extending VAT and business... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to revoking of public sector exit payment cap

For immediate release   Responding to the public sector exit payment cap being revoked, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Having delayed it for five years, mandarins managed just three months without tapping up taxpayers for six-figure payouts. "Unless the rules are urgently replaced, private sector workers... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to increase in BBC licence fee

For immediate release   Responding to the news that the licence fee will increase to £159 from 1st April, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Another hike in the hated TV tax is the last thing struggling households need. “Brits are fed up with seeing the Beeb... Read more...

TPA responds to Budget speculation and potential tax rises

For immediate release   Responding to Labour’s call for no tax rises in the March budget, and plans for a tax raid on online retailers, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Virtually everyone in Britain - from small businesses to the shadow chancellor - is now warning... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to possible new carbon taxes

For immediate release   Responding to reports of new carbon taxes on meat, cheese and gas heating, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “New eco taxes would leave slim pickings for struggling families, who rely on cheap energy and food to heat their homes and put dinner... Read more...

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...

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