Press releases

TaxPayers' Alliance reveals Public Sector Trade Union Rich List

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 9th September With TUC Congress in full swing, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has today revealed that the average remuneration of the 30 union bosses on more than £100,000 was £144,168 in 2018. This is an increase of £12,970 from the previous year. Union top bosses weren't the... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance proved right on true costs of HS2

For Immediate Release   Today the TaxPayers' Alliance has welcomed the announcement by Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, that the true cost of High Speed 2 (HS2) will be £81-88 billion in 2019 prices. Previous governments have maintained that HS2 would only cost £55.6 billion despite knowing the... Read more...

TPA exposes £17bn of overruns on major government projects

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 26th August With the government announcing a review of HS2, a new report by the TaxPayers' Alliance analyses data on 10 UK major projects - covering everything from Astute submarines to Crossrail - which have collectively overrun by more than three decades and £17 billion. These overruns equal £624 per UK... Read more...

TPA welcomes the announcement of the independent review of HS2

For Immediate Release TPA has long called for the project to be scrapped The campaign group strongly welcomes this effort to shine a light on the true costs of HS2 Strong review team includes Lord Berkeley, who sat on the TPA's Great British Transport Competition panel The government today (Wednesday, 21st August... Read more...

Met Police flights and hotel bill skyrockets

For Immediate Release New figures secured by the Greater London Assembly reveal that the costs of flights and hotels for the Metropolitan Police have risen sharply under London mayor Sadiq Khan's watch. In 2015-16 the Met spent £2,550,613 on flights which by 2018-19 had nearly doubled to £4,620,000. Hotel costs almost trebled from £763,199... Read more...

Re-nationalisation is not the answer to rail fare rises

For Immediate Release Inflation, as measured by the Retail Price Index, is going up. That means most rail fares are due to rise again this January. But calls to re-nationalise the railways should be rebuffed. Significantly lower fares could only be delivered by increasing taxpayer support, which would disproportionately benefit... Read more...

TPA reveals the taxes on dying

For Immediate Release Research by the TaxPayers' Alliance examines the taxes and charges involved when someone passes away. In 2019-20, the government is projected to receive £5.35 billion from grieving taxpayers via inheritance tax, the highest amount ever. But this is only one of the many ways that the government extracts... Read more...

TPA: High tax burden in Scotland has hit economy

For immediate release Reacting to the news that income tax receipts in Scotland are lower than projected as a result of sluggish growth, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said:  "Often high levels of taxation can slow down economic growth and result in individuals and businesses relocating elsewhere. Conversely, lower taxes can... Read more...

TPA backs calls for Commons Budget Committee

For Immediate Release Responding to the news that the House of Commons Procedure Committee is calling for the establishment of a Budget Committee to properly scrutinise government spending plans, Mike Denham, Chairman of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said:  "This report is a big win for the taxpayers of tomorrow. "Proper oversight... Read more...

TPA brands BBC pay-rises 'disrespectful'

For Immediate Release Responding to the news that the BBC have rewarded pay-rises to top paid stars, Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager for the TaxPayers’ Alliance said;  “After announcing that many pensioners will now be forced to pay the dreaded TV tax, you’d think the BBC would have shown more respect to... Read more...

TPA recommends a new framework for the creation of unitary authorities

Experts call for new conditions on unitary authorities Embargoed: 00:01 Tuesday 2nd July  As the Local Government Association conference begins in Bournemouth, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) recommends a new framework for the creation of unitary authorities across England. With insights from elections expert, Lord Robert Hayward, TPA analysis released today... Read more...

TPA: State Seizing Control Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

For Immediate Release Responding to a report from Unison which calls on the state to seize control of the Big Six energy companies, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "The far left's aspiration for higher taxes and state control of industry are straight out of socialist Venezuela, and would mean abject misery... Read more...

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...

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