Press releases

Commons report: True cost of HS2 is £65 billion

For Immediate Release Yesterday the House of Commons library published a briefing note on the business case for HS2, revealing that HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport (DfT) were aware that costs would be £9bn more (£65 billion) than public estimates, but chose not to share this information with the public. ... Read more...

Social insurance scheme preferred to income tax rise

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 23rd May  Responding to a report by IPPR calling for income tax rises to fund social care, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:  “We need a more sustainable funding solution for social care - but putting up income tax would be a hit to household budgets... Read more...

TPA proposes measures to save £11 billion on Crossrail 2

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 20th May Crossrail 2 is a £36 billion project to link south west and north east London rail services via new tunnels between Wimbledon and Dalston through central London. A new TPA report has found that £11 billion could be saved with cost reduction measures The report also suggests... Read more...

TPA backs Lords report calling for a 'rethink' of HS2

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 16th May  Responding to a report published today by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, which calls on the government to rethink HS2, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "We have long argued that HS2 is a waste of taxpayers' money, and it's good to... Read more...

TPA calls for public sector pension freedom

Embargoed: 00:01 Saturday 11th May 2019 New TPA report calls for public sector workers to have more control over their remuneration. Report suggests that those in the public sector should be able to opt-out of their employer pension and take the contribution as salary. This would be on a voluntary basis. The most recent... Read more...

TPA: Government loses £3bn in benefits fraud this year

Commenting on the recent publication of the government's estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in 2018-19, Duncan Simpson, Research Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: With budgets tight and people working hard to make ends meet, government losing £3 billion of our money through overpayments of benefits... Read more...

Health Secretary launches TPA report on automation in health care

Embargoed: 00:01 Wednesday 24th April  New report says that improved productivity from increased automation in the NHS is estimated to release £12.5 billion a year's worth of staff time Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, today argues that technology will allow NHS staff... Read more...

It's time for Sadiq to scrap his van tax

This morning the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) visited City Hall in a white van to protest the introduction of the new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). TPA staff plastered a Ford Transit van with placards calling on Mayor Khan to scrap this charge, which will burden hard working tradesmen with yet... Read more...

UK’s local authorities spent £6,593,523 on award ceremonies

UK’s local authorities spent £6,593,523 on award ceremonies Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 21st February 2019   An investigation by the TaxPayers' Alliance into council spending has revealed that local authorities in the UK have spent over £6 million on award ceremonies since 2015, with the average cost to the taxpayer per council... Read more...

Taxing the old won't solve inter-generational unfairness

Young people have it better than their parents in many ways, but not when it comes to housing Taxing older people more will not solve inter-generational unfairness as it will do nothing to resolve the housing crisis Declassifying areas of green belt land and allowing for taller developments are among... Read more...

Renationalisation is not the answer

Embargoed: 00:01 2nd January 2019 With rail fares due to increase yet again today, and the debate around public ownership raging, it is clear that renationalisation is not the answer. Despite claims made about our privatised rail network: Two thirds of delays are caused by Network Rail, which is nationalised. Every... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance publishes 2018 Nanny State Rich List

Embargoed: 00:01 26th December 2018 Today the TaxPayers’ Alliance publishes its 2018 Nanny State Rich List, revealing that hundreds of taxpayer-funded public health bosses enjoyed remuneration of over £100,00. Since the TPA’s last rich list publication in 2016, public health puritans in Britain have succeeded in lobbying for a sugar... Read more...

Nanny state approved Christmas lunch

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 24th December This year Public Health England has spent over £41.7 million of taxpayers money telling Brits what they can and cannot eat, drink and do in their leisure time. Using these warnings and guidelines, the TaxPayers' Alliance has calculated what a public health puritan approved Christmas lunch... Read more...

Tax burden at a 50-year high, finds TaxPayers' Alliance

For Immediate Release A new research note, released today by the TPA, reveals that the tax burden in Britain has reached a near 50-year high Britain's tax burden has increased to 34.6% of GDP for 2018-19 The Treasury plans to keep Britain’s historic-high tax burden at these levels for the next... Read more...

TPA calls for business rates reform on "Small Business Saturday"

Embargoed: 00:01 Saturday 1st December 2018   As Brits flock to high streets to support their local shops on Small Business Saturday, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has published a new proposal on how to make business rates valuation fairer and more efficient. Entrepreneurs up and down the country are struggling under the... Read more...

TPA Response to the 2018 Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commenting on the 2018 Budget announcement, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The chancellor was right that ‘ending austerity’ should not mean tax hikes, and mostly resisted the temptation to squeeze families and businesses for even more. “Increases in the personal allowance and higher... Read more...

TPA responds to Theresa May's Conference Speech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to Theresa May's 2018 Conservative Party Conference Speech, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The Prime Minister has rightly talked a lot about creating opportunities and she passionately championed freedom and free markets in her speech, so let's hope that we see the government... Read more...

TPA Reaction to Jeremy Corbyn's Conference Speech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's speech at the Labour Party Conference, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Corbyn's angry rant offered nothing to the hard-pressed, silent majority of taxpayers who want to be trusted to spend their own money and care for their children as they... Read more...

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