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TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to public sector borrowing surplus

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) latest release showing a £2.9 billion surplus in January 2022, the first since January 2020, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These figures show that the economy is well on its way to recovery. “Lower... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to inflation at 5.5 per cent

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) latest data showing CPI at 5.5 per cent in January, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Rising inflation could act as a stealth tax on unsuspecting taxpayers. "With households facing a cost of living crisis,... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to 7.5 per cent GDP growth

For immediate release   Responding to the Office for National Statistics’s (ONS) GDP first quarterly estimate, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Bumper growth is exactly what is needed to tackle the colossal cost of covid. “But April’s tax hikes threaten to undo the work of getting... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to chancellor’s energy bills rebate

For immediate release   Responding to the chancellor’s announcement of a £350 energy bills rebate, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “This announcement amounts to nothing more than giving with one hand to take with the other. “The chancellor’s bailouts for energy firms do little to reverse... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Levelling Up White Paper

For immediate release   Responding to the government’s 12 point mission for levelling up, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “With the record tax burden squeezing hard working Brits, the best way to level up is by allowing families and firms to keep more of their own... Read more...

Average household will pay over £1 million in tax in a lifetime

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 31st January 2022   TPA analysis of ONS data reveals the lifetime tax bill for average households reached over £1 million in 2019-20. The poorest households will work 24 years to pay off their tax bill, leaving 16 years of income for themselves. Average households set to... Read more...

STUNT: Licence fee prosecutions set to double

For immediate release   Campaigners from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) have descended on BBC Broadcasting House to slam bosses for plans to prosecute almost three quarters of a million people for non-payment of the licence fee.   BBC bosses yesterday confirmed TPA estimates that annual prosecutions are set to double, which... Read more...

Cost of average MP rose by 30 per cent during covid pandemic

For immediate release   TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) analysis of figures released today by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has revealed the average cost of an MP has increased by 29 per cent over the covid pandemic, from £157,747 in 2019-20 to £203,880 in 2020-21. The total cost of MPs’... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to BBC licence fee freeze

For immediate release   Responding to reports around the future of the BBC licence fee, Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Freezing the licence fee would be a welcome first step. “Taxpayers facing a cost of living crisis shouldn’t be forced to pay the hated TV... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Together Energy facing collapse

For immediate release   Responding to reports of Warrington Council backed Together Energy on the verge of collapse, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “It’s no surprise to see another council-backed energy company facing collapse. “Failures like these leave locals with the double whammy of rocketing bills... Read more...

ANALYSIS: Dry January could save taxpayers £1 billion in booze duties

Embargoed: 00:01 Sunday 2 January 2022   TPA analysis highlights the significant tax burden faced by consumers and businesses The hospitality industry has been hammered and deserves customer support in the coming months   As some Brits begin to give up alcohol for Dry January, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has... Read more...

PICTURE: Nanny state approved Christmas lunch

Embargoed: 00:01 Friday 24 December 2021   As Brits make preparations for Christmas lunch tomorrow, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has calculated what a public health puritan approved Christmas lunch would look like. Strict guidelines endorsed by the NHS and other public health bodies set a limit of six grams of... Read more...

Government gifts taxpayers £5.2 billion tax bill this Christmas

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 16 December 2021   The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has today revealed the squeeze on families’ pockets this Christmas. The research shows that taxpayers will pay over £5.2 billion in taxes on their festive spending. Over the Christmas period, the average household will pay an extra £191.75 in... Read more...

Move 53,000 civil service jobs out of London

Embargoed: 00:01 Sunday 14 November 2021   The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) have recommended £371 million of savings that can be found by moving 53,196 civil servants out of London to fast track the “levelling up” policy. Currently, London-based civil servants cost a total of £1.2 billion a year, and more... Read more...

University strikes cost £8 million a day

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 11 November 2021   The TaxPayers’ Alliance has found the cost of recent university strikes is equivalent to the tuition fees for 10,285 British undergraduates’ degrees. Analysis shows that since 2018, the total cost of the 36 strike days is £285.4 million, equivalent to £8 million per... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to the Autumn Budget

For immediate release   Responding to the Budget, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Some concrete wins for taxpayers can’t hide the massive spending pledges eating up our fiscal headroom. “Cuts to business rates, alcohol duties and a cancellation of planned fuel duty hikes will all be... Read more...

Council energy firms lose £114 million

Embargoed: 00:01 Friday 22 October 2021 As smaller energy firms fold thanks to spiking prices, the TPA reveals the millions lost by the council-owned firms that blur the line between the public and private sectors. Using taxpayers’ money to dabble in the energy markets puts families on the hook for... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to near 60 year high debt level

For immediate release Responding to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) latest public sector finances figures showing the highest debt to GDP ratio since 1963, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:   “These numbers confirm Britain’s debt level is now the highest in a generation. “It serves... Read more...

NHS cash used for hot tubs, football tickets and PlayStations

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 21 October 2021   As part of its ‘War on Waste’ campaign, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) today reveals thousands of pounds from NHS health budgets has been spent on luxuries including hot tubs, football tickets and PlayStations.  Freedom of information requests sent to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)... Read more...

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