Press releases

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...

New Tech Tax would punish poor

Responding to the news that Philip Hammond is considering 'Amazon tax' for online retailers, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said:  "It would be wrong to introduce new taxes when the current tax burden is already at a 49-year high and growth is sluggish. What's more, the notion of a... Read more...

TPA responds to Committee report on social care funding

Commenting on the report out today by the Housing, Communities and Local Government and Health and Social Care Committees, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "The tax burden is about to hit a 50 year high so families and entrepreneurs won't want to hear yet another call... Read more...

Automate the state: Better and cheaper public services

Embargoed until Sunday 17th June at 22:30 ‘Automate the State’ - TaxPayers’ Alliance launches campaign to deliver better quality public services Introducing more automation into the public sector can save taxpayers £17 billion a year Automation should be welcomed, not feared. Between 2001 and 2015, new technology made 800,000 jobs... Read more...

There is no need for big pay hikes for teachers, says TaxPayers’ Alliance

The TaxPayers’ Alliance today releases analysis of teachers’ pay increases that counter unions’ calls for salary increases. The analysis shows: Teachers’ average salaries are £38,400 a year, considerably higher than the UK average of £28,600. Leading teachers can earn more than £67,300 a year. Education has seen a huge increase... Read more...

Heathrow's third runway should be start of new pro-growth agenda

Responding to the news that the government has backed a third runway at Heathrow, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The government finally making progress on big policy decisions like the Heathrow third runway is good news for the economy and for taxpayers. This announcement hopefully heralds the... Read more...

Higher taxes are not the answer to the NHS’s problems

For immediate release Commenting on the calls for even-higher taxes for the NHS, James Price, Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “If the government wants more money for the NHS, it should demand an end to wasteful spending practices and call for new technologies to be embraced. The NHS is... Read more...

Cannabis legalisation could save UK at least £890 million per year

A new report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance details the enormous savings to British taxpayers by legalising cannabis. The UK could save at least £891.72 million a year in reduced spending by police, prisons, courts and the NHS through pain relief treatments. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PAPER. Key findings NHS... Read more...

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