Press releases

Town Hall Rich List: TaxPayers' Alliance reveals 2,306 council staff raked in more than £100,000

Embargoed: 00:01 - 11th April 2018   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...

Scrap HS2 to pay for Brexit bill

TPA: 'Scrap HS2 to pay for Brexit Bill' Responding to reports that Britain is set to pay a Brexit Bill, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: “While it's good news that there is progress in negotiations with the EU, we have to remember that this bill will be paid for... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance responds to the Budget

  For Immediate Release TaxPayers' Alliance responds to the Budget Responding to the budget statement given by the chancellor of the exchequer, John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:"While the budget reduced tax overall, we are still on course for the biggest tax burden since 1969. Economic forecasts are of... Read more...

Chancellor would be wrong to increase 'tax on responsibility'

  Embargoed until Wednesday 15th November at 00:01 Chancellor would be wrong to increase ‘tax on responsibility’ Insurance premium tax (IPT) has already doubled in two years, from 6 per cent to 12 per cent. This cost will be paid by those consumers who are doing the responsible thingby buying insurance. The chancellor is... Read more...

Beer duty hike would hit industry investment

  Embargoed until Tuesday 14th November at 00:01 Beer duty hike would hit industry investment The beer industry in the UK has invested billions more since the beer duty escalator was scrapped in 2013. Investment in 2016 was £1.96 billion, which is £800 million more than in 2013. 2013 was the year when the... Read more...

Beer duty hike would case thousands of job losses

Embargoed until Saturday 4th November at 00:01 Beer duty hike would cause thousands of job losses The beer industry provides nearly 900,000 jobs to the UK. It also contributes £23bn annually to the UK economy. The sector employs high numbers of young people and those in regions with relatively high levels of unemployment. Beer accounts for 70... Read more...

Interest Rates And National Debt

    Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Embargoed until Thursday 2nd November 00:01 The government would be wrong to use low interest rates to borrow and spend more A new paper by the TaxPayers' Alliance sets out the economic landscape in which the Bank... Read more...

Public Health Budgets press release

Embargoed until Wednesday 1st November 00:01 Revealed: the £230 million bill for public health schemes New research with local data shows that many public health programmes are not measured by whether they are cost effective, or even if they work at all. In 2015-16, public health authorities in the UK spent an extraordinary £230... Read more...

Councils wasting millions by offering excessive mileage allowance payments

New research by the TaxPayers' Alliance reveals that councils are paying their staff millions more than they should be in mileage allowance payments.Employees who use their own vehicles for business journeys are often reimbursed with mileage allowance payments by their employers to cover the cost of using the vehicle. HMRC sets an approved... Read more...

Scrap national insurance for all young people, says new TPA research

New TaxPayers' Alliance policy paper says that we shouldn’t give hand-outs to students and graduates, we should help all young people by taking less of their money The chancellor is reported to be examining ways to tackle 'intergenerational unfairness' at next month's budget - cutting their taxes is the best way to do that... Read more...

Why the cost of living is so high

EMBARGOED FOR 12:01AM SUNDAY 15/10/2017   Government intervention making people poorer  High taxes, regulation and government intervention are making us all poorer. That is the damning conclusion of a new report released by the TaxPayers’ Alliance on the cost of living in Britain. Food, housing, childcare, alcohol, energy and transport are all... Read more...

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