Press releases

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...

UK’s local authorities spent £6,593,523 on award ceremonies

UK’s local authorities spent £6,593,523 on award ceremonies Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 21st February 2019   An investigation by the TaxPayers' Alliance into council spending has revealed that local authorities in the UK have spent over £6 million on award ceremonies since 2015, with the average cost to the taxpayer per council... Read more...

Taxing the old won't solve inter-generational unfairness

Young people have it better than their parents in many ways, but not when it comes to housing Taxing older people more will not solve inter-generational unfairness as it will do nothing to resolve the housing crisis Declassifying areas of green belt land and allowing for taller developments are among... Read more...

Renationalisation is not the answer

Embargoed: 00:01 2nd January 2019 With rail fares due to increase yet again today, and the debate around public ownership raging, it is clear that renationalisation is not the answer. Despite claims made about our privatised rail network: Two thirds of delays are caused by Network Rail, which is nationalised. Every... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance publishes 2018 Nanny State Rich List

Embargoed: 00:01 26th December 2018 Today the TaxPayers’ Alliance publishes its 2018 Nanny State Rich List, revealing that hundreds of taxpayer-funded public health bosses enjoyed remuneration of over £100,00. Since the TPA’s last rich list publication in 2016, public health puritans in Britain have succeeded in lobbying for a sugar... Read more...

Nanny state approved Christmas lunch

Embargoed: 00:01 Monday 24th December This year Public Health England has spent over £41.7 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... Read more...

Tax burden at a 50-year high, finds TaxPayers' Alliance

For Immediate Release A new research note, released today by the TPA, reveals that the tax burden in Britain has reached a near 50-year high Britain's tax burden has increased to 34.6% of GDP for 2018-19 The Treasury plans to keep Britain’s historic-high tax burden at these levels for the next... Read more...

TPA calls for business rates reform on "Small Business Saturday"

Embargoed: 00:01 Saturday 1st December 2018   As Brits flock to high streets to support their local shops on Small Business Saturday, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has published a new proposal on how to make business rates valuation fairer and more efficient. Entrepreneurs up and down the country are struggling under the... Read more...

TPA Response to the 2018 Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commenting on the 2018 Budget announcement, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “The chancellor was right that ‘ending austerity’ should not mean tax hikes, and mostly resisted the temptation to squeeze families and businesses for even more. “Increases in the personal allowance and higher... Read more...

TPA responds to Theresa May's Conference Speech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to Theresa May's 2018 Conservative Party Conference Speech, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The Prime Minister has rightly talked a lot about creating opportunities and she passionately championed freedom and free markets in her speech, so let's hope that we see the government... Read more...

TPA Reaction to Jeremy Corbyn's Conference Speech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's speech at the Labour Party Conference, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Corbyn's angry rant offered nothing to the hard-pressed, silent majority of taxpayers who want to be trusted to spend their own money and care for their children as they... Read more...

TPA responds to John McDonnell's speech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to the Shadow Chancellor’s speech, John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “John McDonnell's plans for higher taxes and more public ownership would mean abject misery for families and businesses. Taxes are already at their highest level in nearly half a century, and even more... Read more...

Response to Archbishop Welby's TUC Speech

In response to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s calls for cooperation between the Church of England and trade unions to ‘hold big companies to account’, James Price, Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The TaxPayers’ Alliance has been holding the powerful to account for 15 years, fighting the burden of high... Read more...

TPA backs calls for tax cuts

Reacting to comments from Boris Johnson that the government should prioritise tax cuts, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: "It's refreshing to hear a politician advocating lower taxes for people and businesses, as well as scrapping the hated HS2.  As we approach Brexit, the UK has an exciting... Read more...

TPA reveals Public Sector Trade Union Rich List

For immediate release As TUC conference gets underway today, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) releases new research revealing that 31 public sector trade union leaders took home pay packets of at least £100,000 or more in 2017. In addition to these generous pay packets for union bosses, staff across the public sector received at... Read more...

TPA: Government letting down self employed

Responding to the announcement that the government will not proceed with the abolition of Class 2 National Insurance contributions (NICs), John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said:  “Millions of self-employed people in Britain who were promised lower and simpler taxes next year will be extremely disappointed by this... Read more...

TPA backs pay cut for NI Assembly Members

Commenting on the UK Government's decision to cut pay for Northern Irish Assembly Members, Chloe Westley, Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "The Northern Ireland Assembly has failed to form an executive, and as a result residents in Northern Ireland have experienced suboptimal public services because no ministers are... Read more...

Comment on Justin Welby's higher tax proposals

For immediate release Commenting on Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s proposals for higher taxes, James Price, Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:"The Archbishop seems to have forgotten the command to ‘render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s’ and he should stick to his theological work."Calling... Read more...

Pensions Inequality

TPA reveal public sector workers retire on pensions three times larger than their private sector counterparts Amid the debate on public sector pay, this report shows that the real inequality is felt by private sector workers. Unfairly-generous public sector pensions are paid for by private sector workers, who would have... Read more...

Councils spent £4.5 million on cars for mayors

For immediate release The results of a Freedom of Information request by the TaxPayers’ Alliance has revealed big spending on luxury vehicles for mayors and council chairmen. Local councils often claim that there is no more fat to trim, yet this new research suggests that millions could be saved by encouraging... Read more...

TPA says rail fares freeze would be wrong, ahead of RPI announcement

Ahead of tomorrow’s release of July’s RPI figures, and the subsequent expected rail fare announcement, James Price, Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:“It would be wrong to announce any kind of rail fares freeze, as it would hurt both rail users as well as all taxpayers who subsidise rail in... Read more...

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