Press releases

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...

New figures show why it is time to drop the regressive Sugar Tax

Responding to new data published today in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), the TaxPayers' Alliance is calling on the new government to scrap George Osborne's sugar tax.Data from the NDNS adds to the weight of evidence that shows consumption of sugar from soft drinks is falling. As such there is... Read more...

Holiday tax bill rises to over £2.4 billion

As families jet off on their summer holiday, new research shows how the treasury now takes in over £2.4 billion from holiday taxes The average holidaymaker will be hit with a £61.12 tax bill as the taxman chases Brits all the way to the departure gate The bill has increased by more than... Read more...

TPA slams decision to award Alex Salmond resettlement grant

Following the news that Alex Salmond MP received almost £30,000 in a resettlement grant after leaving Holyrood, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:  "With MSPs effectively on fixed term contracts, there can be no justification whatsoever for them being entitled to large dollops of taxpayers' cash in so-called... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance reveals the first ever 'Nanny State Rich List'

The first ever Nanny State Rich List, published today by the TaxPayers' Alliance, reveals that hundreds of public health bosses - some with baffling job titles - enjoy pay packages worth over £100,000.  As the influence of the public health lobby increases, threatening to encroach unduly on people's lives with countless new regulations and higher... Read more...

HS2 is an expensive vanity project which must be scrapped

A new report from the TaxPayers' Alliance today calls on the government to scrap the wasteful HS2 project. The business case for HS2 has fallen apart and the scheme is already projected to be massively over its original budget. It is unlikely to be completed on schedule and there's a... Read more...

Tax changes will increase rents for tenants

A new report from the TaxPayers' Alliance calls on the government to undertake real reform to tackle the housing shortage in the UK. Successive governments have avoided meaningful reform, instead focusing on tinkering around the edges which has only served to worsen the situation and drive up prices. Recent tax changes will also drive up... Read more...

Sugar Tax will damage jobs and lose the Treasury money

The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) renews its call for the Government to abandon the proposed Sugar Tax, as new research reveals the damaging impact that this pernicious tax could have on the economy. Our research looks at the effect that the tax in Mexico had on jobs and economic output. If... Read more...

TPA spokesmen available to comment on junior doctors' vote on new contract

According to breaking reports, the British Medical Association have voted to reject the new contract agreement with the Government. The TaxPayers' Alliance has spokesmen available to comment on the ongoing dispute and its effects on hard-pressed taxpayers and patients.Alex Wild, Research Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, has written and commented widely... Read more...

TPA urges politicians to map out a positive vision for taxpayers

With the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union, it is essential that politicians put together a plan for growth that ensures the security and stability of the economy as we negotiate the best possible deal. It is critical that the government sends the right signals to quash any... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance welcomes Osborne's plan to cut Corporation Tax

Responding to Mr Osborne's interview with the Financial Times where he reveals his plans to cut Corporation Tax, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The Chancellor is absolutely right to be considering a big cut to Corporation Tax, as it would show that the UK is ready... Read more...

Jobs for the boys: The quangocrat merry-go round

The TaxPayers' Alliance reveals today that despite the government's repeated pledge of a "bonfire of quangos", over 3,000 positions were filled on the boards of quangos in 2014-15. Quangos retain significant responsibility over areas of policy with the sum of their budgets stretching into tens of billions of pounds of... Read more...

Bungled Sugar Tax is nothing more than a tax on the poor

The TaxPayers' Alliance today renews its call for the Government to abandon its proposed Sugar Tax as new research reveals that it is entirely arbitrary and has little to do with the sugar content of the products it affects. The TPA carried out a comparison of 49 drinks in three... Read more...

Comments on the BMA WhatsApp leak

Commenting on the revelation that the BMA was seeking to maximise disruption, and put money before patient safety, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Patients will be appalled to discover that far from being concerned for their safety, the BMA has been playing a 'political game' to... Read more...

Government websites must respect purdah rules in EU Referendum

Commenting on the calls for the Cabinet Secretary to remove material from government websites skewing the EU debate once the purdah period kicks in, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It’s bad enough that the Government has already spent more than £9 million of taxpayers’ money on... Read more...

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