Press releases

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to BBC funding review

For immediate release   Responding to reports of a formal review into the future of BBC funding, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The TV tax is long past its use by date. "Retaining the licence fee would force unwilling and uninterested taxpayers to cough up for... Read more...

BBC Rich List 2023: £72 million bill for BBC bigwigs

Embargoed: 00:01 Sunday 16th July 2023   BBC stars and executives are both receiving mega-salaries, with senior executives costing £36.3 million in 2022/23 and on-air talent costing a total of £36 million Analysis shows the median salary of a BBC employee is 78 per cent higher than the median salary... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to reports about the future of inheritance tax

For immediate release   Responding to reports that abolition of inheritance tax could be promised at the next election, John O’Connell chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Taxpayers would applaud any government who ditched the death tax. “Inheritance tax is unfair, unpopular and immoral and has a detrimental impact... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to HS2 boss’ resignation

For immediate release   Responding to the resignation of HS2’s chief executive, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “A change in leadership at the top of HS2 will bring little comfort to taxpayers.  “Brits know that new management will not mean an end to the spiralling costs... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the BBC’s annual report

For immediate release   Responding to the BBC’s annual report, which shows an increase from 179 to 220 in the number of employees receiving over £150,000, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “These bumper pay packets are a kick in the teeth for hard pressed Brits.  “With... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the NHS workforce plan

For immediate release   Responding to the NHS workforce plan, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will wonder whether yet more billions will cure the problems plaguing the health service.  “After years of wasteful spending and misplaced priorities, households will understandably demand results from the latest... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to reports of plans to delay packaging tax

For immediate release Responding to reports of the government planning to delay the implementation of a packaging tax (extended producer responsibility), John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:  “The government is right to look again at the wrapper tax.   “It will hit the poorest households by hiking up... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Hunt’s EDI crackdown plan

For immediate release   Responding to reports that the chancellor plans to crackdown on wasteful EDI spending in Whitehall, Tom Ryan, policy analyst of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Taxpayers are fed up of funding public sector non-jobs. “But with reductions in taxpayer-funded EDI roles promised before, the proof will be... Read more...

Council tax up by 79 per cent in real terms since its introduction

NOTE: The original version of this press release stated that Nottingham had increased its council tax in cash terms more than any other English local authority since 1993. This has now been corrected.   Embargoed: 00:01 Tuesday 13th June 2023   The average band D council tax bill in England... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the scaling back of the windfall tax

For immediate release   Responding to reports that the chancellor is set to scale back the windfall tax on oil and gas producers, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Scaling back the windfall tax shows the government recognises the harm it is doing to investment.  “But rather... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Woking Borough Council’s bankruptcy

For immediate release   Responding to the Section 114 notice issued by Woking Borough Council, Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Woking residents have been badly let down by town hall bosses.  “Thanks to this botched spending spree, local households will likely face years of punishing... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Keir Starmer’s NHS speech

For immediate release   Responding to Keir Starmer’s NHS speech, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Keir Starmer is right to say the NHS needs reform. “Everybody wants to see improvements in the health service but the answer cannot always be more money, too much of which... Read more...

South Cambridgeshire Council extends four day week experiment to March 2024

For immediate release   Responding to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) decision to extend its four day working week experiment to March 2024, Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Local residents will be furious that the council has extended this mad experiment. “Despite the trial’s disappointing... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Mel Stride’s remarks

For immediate release   Responding to Mel Stride’s remarks that workers returning to employment could mean a 2p cut to the basic rate of income tax, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “Households are tired of empty promises on taxation.  “While ministers are right to focus on... Read more...

New analysis raises questions of four-day week trial’s success

For immediate release   New analysis by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has raised doubts about the claimed success of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s four-day working week trial, as it emerges that key performance indicators (KPIs) are down when compared to before the pandemic. The campaign group, which was in Cambourne... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to reports of plans to cut income tax

For immediate release   Responding to reports of plans to cut income tax, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “An income tax cut would be a light at the end of the tunnel for hardworking Brits.  “Households grappling with falling living standards and a 70-year high tax... Read more...

TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to HS2’s Euston cost overrun

For immediate release   Responding to the estimated overrun of HS2’s Euston station, Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “HS2 has moved from one farce to another. “The inability to deliver Euston within budget doesn’t bode well for the rest of the project. “Ministers should do... Read more...

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