Press releases

Cannabis legalisation could save UK at least £890 million per year

A new report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance details the enormous savings to British taxpayers by legalising cannabis. The UK could save at least £891.72 million a year in reduced spending by police, prisons, courts and the NHS through pain relief treatments. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PAPER. Key findings NHS... Read more...

London Met Police spent nearly £5 million on premium flights

London Met Police spent nearly £5 million on premium flights The results of a Freedom of Information request by the TaxPayers’ Alliance has revealed shocking levels of spending on premium flights by the Met police. Between 2015 and 2018, the London Metropolitan Police force spent £8,577,748 on flights. The Metropolitan... Read more...

NHS tax is not the answer, says TaxPayers' Alliance

For immediate release Earmarking taxes for the NHS is "either smoke and mirrors or dreadful policy", says TaxPayers' Alliance Responding to findings from the British Social Attitudes suggesting support for a hypothecated 'NHS tax' Alex Wild, Research Director at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“Health spending is already running at £425 million per day and the... Read more...

Town Hall Rich List: TaxPayers' Alliance reveals 2,306 council staff raked in more than £100,000

Embargoed until 11th April at 00:01   In 2016-17: There were at least 2,306 council employees who received total remuneration in excess of £100,000. This is 60 fewer than the previous year. 558 council employees received remuneration in excess of £150,000. There were 77 councils with at least 10 employees who received remuneration in excess of £100,000.  Birmingham had three employees who received remuneration in excess of... Read more...

Rumoured jobs tax would make this government the highest-taxing in five decades

Responding to yet more rumours of a hypothecated 'NHS tax' by increasing national insurance, Alex Wild, Research Director at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:“For all the government’s spin about cutting taxes, they’ve quietly been ramping them up to levels that Gordon Brown could only dream of. It’s no wonder growth is so weak when work and... Read more...

Philip Hammond's Spring Budget

For Immediate Release Phillip Hammond is right to caution against wasteful spending   Responding to the chancellor's Spring Statement today, John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:"The chancellor is to be commended for resisting irresponsible calls from across the political spectrum to turn on the spending taps for the time... Read more...

Carillion collapse: government ignored its own policy and now taxpayers will suffer

Commenting on the news today that Carillion has gone into liquidation, John O'Connell, Chief Executive at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:Despite the extremely well publicised financial difficulties Carillion has been experiencing in recent months, the government continued to award it contracts, disregarding its own risk management policies in the process. Some of the most... Read more...