Press releases

TPA: McDonnell in fantasy land on deficit and PFI plans

Responding to John McDonnell's announcement that Labour will end PFI contracts at Labour Party Conference, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said:  "While past governments have signed up to some truly dreadful PFI deals, most projects are built to price and specification within the agreed timeframe to the satisfaction of the... Read more...

Uber ban is unions' latest victory over ordinary Londoners

Responding to Transport for London's announcement that it will not renew Uber's private hire licence, Alex Wild, Research Director at the Taxpayers' Alliance said: "TfL has once again caved into pressure from unions who wreak havoc with their endless strikes and never miss an opportunity to rip-off passengers.This announcement is terrible news for... Read more...

TPA Calls on Government to Scrap Nationalised Pay Bargaining

In light of today’s announcement on public sector pay, the TaxPayers’ Alliance are calling on the Government to scrap nationalised pay bargaining.Responding to the government’s announcement that it is beginning to remove the 1 per cent public sector pay cap, Chief Executive John O’Connell said: "The government should scrap nationalised pay bargaining... Read more...

New research shows public sector still better off than private sector

Reports suggest that the government is considering lifting the 1 per cent public sector pay cap. But new research released today by the TaxPayers' Alliance shows that on average, public sector workers are still 10 per cent better off than those in the private sector.Nobody disagrees with paying skilled public sector workers... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance reveals Trade Union Rich List

As trade unions threaten disruptive strikes, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) this morning reveals 45 trade union leaders took home pay packets of £100,000 or more.The findings are part of the TPA's Trade Union Rich List, which details all Trade Union General Secretaries and Chief Executives whose total remuneration exceeded £100,000 in the financial year 2016-17.... Read more...

UK spends much more than the rest of the EU combined on bloated procurement contracts

The UK spends vastly more than the rest of the EU combined on large procurement contracts, and much less on smaller ones, research finds. The United Kingdom published 167 contract award notices on contracts worth €100 million or above. France published 29, Italy 25 and Germany 5. These are worth altogether €73.77 billion and accounted for 52 per cent of such... Read more...

Right that garden bridge will not be built

Welcoming the news that the wasteful garden bridge project has been scrapped for good, TaxPayers' Alliance chief executive John O'Connell said:"The writing has been on the wall for this project since Dame Margaret Hodge's damning report four months ago. The fact that the Garden Bridge Trust have been unable to raise the necessary funds... Read more...

Holiday tax bill stands at over £3.1 billion

New research from the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) today shows how hard millions of families are hit in order to enjoy a well-earned break.  As UK families jet off for their summer break, new research shows how the treasury rakes in £3.1 billion in holiday taxes The average UK holiday maker will pay £68.74 in... Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance calls for stamp duty to be abolished to improve housing market

Following the report by the LSE (covered in the Daily Telegraph this morning) that stamp duty is a negative burden on the UK economy, TaxPayers' Alliance Chief Executive John O'Connell said: "This pernicious tax prevents younger people from getting on the housing ladder, and stops older people downsizing to more manageable homes. This hurts people at every stage... Read more...

BBC is right to publish salaries of its biggest stars

Following the publication of salaries of those earning over £150,000 in the BBC's accounts, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance: "Licence fee payers deserve to know how their money is being spent, so it is right that the BBC have finally published the salaries of some of their... Read more...

Chancellor right to offer caution on public sector pay

Following Philip Hammond's warning that the government must hold its nerve on public sector pay, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The chancellor is right to offer caution on public sector pay and to say that we need a grown-up debate about spending. The nation's public finances are still... Read more...