Press releases

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...

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...

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