Press releases

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...

Taxpayers will fork out £6.3 billion in Christmas taxes this year

Taxpayers will fork out £6.3 billion in Christmas taxes this year As millions of Brits hit the shops today, research shows how the treasury rakes in billions in Christmas taxes These taxes add an extra 18% to the cost of Christmas, as the taxman squeezes every penny from families  This Christmas, a UK... Read more...

Nanny state approved Christmas lunch

Nanny state approved Christmas lunch This year Public Health England has spent over £40 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 would look like. Following... Read more...

NHS prescribing biscuits

NHS prescribing biscuits, pasta and shampoo As the NHS struggles to meet emergency care and diagnosis targets this winter, the TaxPayers' Alliance have revealed that many doctors are prescribing patients with basic items such as gluten-free biscuits, pasta and anti-dandruff shampoo.Many of these items, which have been prescribed by GPs in England, are already... Read more...

Nationalisation would be a real rail rip-off

As the debate around 'renationalising' the railways continues, and rail fares are due to increase yet again, a new report from the TaxPayers' Alliance shows that privatisation has actually been a good thing for commuters in the UK. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PAPER. Despite claims about how poor... Read more...