Press releases

TPA responds to the damning Hodge review into the Garden Bridge

Responding to the publication of Dame Margaret Hodge’s review into the Garden Bridge, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "This utterly damning report proves what campaigners have been saying about this hugely expensive vanity project all along. There is absolutely no justification to carry on wasting taxpayers'... Read more...

TPA reacts to HS2/CH2M conflict of interest contract scrapping

Reacting to the news that CH2M have pulled out of their £170m contract with HS2, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance John O'Connell says: “The revolving door between HS2 Ltd and CH2M never passed the smell test and serious questions were rightly raised around HS2 continuously appointing staff from one... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance respond to the Spring Budget 2017

Responding to the Budget statement given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The Chancellor announced some welcome upward revisions to growth forecasts and set out a quicker pace of deficit reduction than at the Autumn Statement. That represents good progress, and... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance calls for immediate sale of RBS shares

Responding to the news that Royal Bank of Scotland has announced its ninth consecutive multi-billion pound loss, Alex Wild, Research Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Every day the government holds on to these shares they are risking further losses. Some ridiculed the previous chancellor for crystalising a £1 billion... Read more...

TPA renews its call to Stamp Out Stamp Duty

TPA renews its call to Stamp Out Stamp Duty Click here for more on our campaign In light of The Daily Telegraph's welcome recommendation to slash Stamp Duty - following revelations that the Stamp Duty reforms have further distorted the market and raised only half the amount of revenue predicted... Read more...

Income tax and national insurance: How much tax do you really pay?

Income tax and national insurance: How much tax do you really pay? Income tax+national insurance means the 20 per cent tax rate is effectively 40.2 per cent Multiple taxes on wages are needlessly complex and obscure National insurance should be abolished by 2021 for a simpler and more transparent tax... Read more...

TPA launches new app: How is your Council doing?

The TaxPayers' Alliance today launches YourTPA, a unique free-to-download App, which allows taxpayers to access local council data on their mobile devices. Users can type in their postcodes which brings up local data, allowing users to scrutinise and hold their individual authorities to account. This app will help promote transparency across local government.  YourTPA is a collection of... Read more...

Scottish deficit is twice that of the UK and higher than Greece

Research from TaxPayers' Alliance shows an independent Scotland would have to depend on measures such as the following in order to balance the books: Increasing basic rate income tax to 39 per cent Doubling VAT to 40 per cent Cutting health spending by 82 per cent Cutting all spending on... Read more...

HS2 is a wasteful vanity project and must be scrapped

Responding to the speech by Chris Grayling where he argues the case for HS2 is stronger than ever,John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, says: "Despite assertions to the contrary, the arguments for HS2 remain incredibly weak. HS2 offers appalling value for money and there are many more worthwhile... Read more...

Corbyn announces "prospectus for poverty, unemployment, debt and recession"

Responding to the speech by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn today at Labour Party Conference, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "This was a prospectus for poverty, unemployment, debt and recession. With the national debt standing at £25,000 for every man, woman and child and the government running a... Read more...

Hinkley Point combines huge risk with spectacularly bad value for money

Responding to the decision to go ahead with Hinkley Point, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It's deeply disappointing that the government is pressing ahead with this deal which combines huge risk with spectacularly bad value for money. The technology to be used is unproven and projects using... Read more...

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