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TaxPayers' Alliance slams the Health Committee's call for a sugar tax

Responding to the report from the Health Committee, which calls for the introduction of a sugar tax, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "A sugar tax would be deeply regressive, hitting the poorest hardest and putting even greater pressure on family budgets. Politicians and the self-appointed High... Read more...

The Spending Review was a "big missed opportunity"

Reacting to the Autumn Statement and Spending Review, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "When public spending is going up year after year, how can anyone describe that as austerity? It's good news that the Chancellor intends to run a surplus by the end of the parliament.... Read more...

8,648 schools and university staff on £100,000 or more

As part of The Public Sector Rich List, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) today publishes the most comprehensive list of employees in the state education sector who had total annual remuneration exceeding £100,000 in 2013-14. As funding from government to education institutions decreases, necessary savings are being made in line with... Read more...

670 Police staff on £100,000 or more

As part of the Public Sector Rich List, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) today publishes the most comprehensive report detailing Police Service employees whose annual remuneration exceeded £100,000. A combination of Freedom of Information requests and analysis of Police Service annual statements of accounts has been used to produce this research.... Read more...

50,137 NHS staff on £100,000 or more

In it's second release as part of the Public Sector Rich List series, the TaxPayers' Alliance today reveals the full scale of senior pay in the NHS. We detail the GPs, dentists and senior managers in receipt of bumper pay deals, with a full regional survey of all those whose remuneration exceeds £100,000.Nobody... Read more...

3,483 council staff on more than £100,000

The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) presents the ninth Town Hall Rich List, part of its most comprehensive Public Sector Rich List. Praised in the past by politicians on both sides of the House of Commons, it is the go-to guide for local government executive pay deals. It details the job titles, full remuneration... Read more...

Corbyn's Student Union economics has no place in the real world

Responding to the Opposition Leader's speech, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: After the criticisms Ed Miliband faced last year, it beggars belief that Jeremy Corbyn did not see it fit to mention either the national debt or the deficit once in his Conference speech. Nor did... Read more...

MPs should repay their debts to taxpayers immediately

Responding to the announcement by IPSA that 26 MPs and former MPs owe varying amounts of money to the taxpayer, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "These MPs and former MPs today named as owing money to IPSA must repay their debts immediately. The lesson of the... Read more...

The EU's £2.4 million subsidy to video game developers

New research from the TaxPayers' Alliance shows that the European Commission has spent nearly £2.4 million on grants towards video game development in 2014 alone, the first year of the new "Creative Europe" programme. The most recent EU budget saw Britain contribute 11.4 per cent of total EU funds. No... Read more...

Peers who are no longer contributing to the Lords should retire

Responding to the announcement of new appointees to the House of Lords, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "David Cameron promised to cut the cost of politics, but with this additional phalanx of peers appointed to an already overcrowded House of Lords, taxpayers are entitled to question... Read more...

Critics of RBS sale are missing the point

A new briefing note published today by the TaxPayers' Alliance suggests that those bemoaning the "loss" made on the first sale of RBS shares are missing the point. With RBS' balance sheet significantly deleveraged and the capital position much stronger than it was seven years ago, it is the right... Read more...

So-called boot camp for young jobseekers a welcome step

Responding to the announcement of an "Intensive Activity Programme" for young jobseekers, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "We have to ensure that the benefit system provides a sturdy safety net for the most vulnerable but it cannot become a long-term alternative to work. It is absolutely... Read more...

The tax burden hits the poorest hardest

New analysis by the TaxPayers' Alliance suggests that Britain's tax system is neither progressive nor balanced across different income groups. The analysis, compiled from Office of National Statistics data, demonstrates that much of the rhetoric around "lifting people out of taxation" or "ensuring that those with the broadest shoulders bear... Read more...

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