Press releases

Beer duty hike would hit industry investment

  Embargoed until Tuesday 14th November at 00:01 Beer duty hike would hit industry investment The beer industry in the UK has invested billions more since the beer duty escalator was scrapped in 2013. Investment in 2016 was £1.96 billion, which is £800 million more than in 2013. 2013 was the year when the... Read more...

Beer duty hike would case thousands of job losses

Embargoed until Saturday 4th November at 00:01 Beer duty hike would cause thousands of job losses The beer industry provides nearly 900,000 jobs to the UK. It also contributes £23bn annually to the UK economy. The sector employs high numbers of young people and those in regions with relatively high levels of unemployment. Beer accounts for 70... Read more...

Interest Rates And National Debt

    Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Embargoed until Thursday 2nd November 00:01 The government would be wrong to use low interest rates to borrow and spend more A new paper by the TaxPayers' Alliance sets out the economic landscape in which the Bank... Read more...

Public Health Budgets press release

Embargoed until Wednesday 1st November 00:01 Revealed: the £230 million bill for public health schemes New research with local data shows that many public health programmes are not measured by whether they are cost effective, or even if they work at all. In 2015-16, public health authorities in the UK spent an extraordinary £230... Read more...

Councils wasting millions by offering excessive mileage allowance payments

New research by the TaxPayers' Alliance reveals that councils are paying their staff millions more than they should be in mileage allowance payments.Employees who use their own vehicles for business journeys are often reimbursed with mileage allowance payments by their employers to cover the cost of using the vehicle. HMRC sets an approved... Read more...

Scrap national insurance for all young people, says new TPA research

New TaxPayers' Alliance policy paper says that we shouldn’t give hand-outs to students and graduates, we should help all young people by taking less of their money The chancellor is reported to be examining ways to tackle 'intergenerational unfairness' at next month's budget - cutting their taxes is the best way to do that... Read more...

Why the cost of living is so high

EMBARGOED FOR 12:01AM SUNDAY 15/10/2017   Government intervention making people poorer  High taxes, regulation and government intervention are making us all poorer. That is the damning conclusion of a new report released by the TaxPayers’ Alliance on the cost of living in Britain. Food, housing, childcare, alcohol, energy and transport are all... Read more...

TPA responds to Chancellor's speech at Conservative Conference

Responding to the Chancellor’s speech at Conservative Party Conference, John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The Chancellor was right to speak about the advantages of a low-tax, free market economy, but now he should follow up by cutting taxes for families and businesses across Britain. “Whilst some savings... Read more...

TPA responds to the Prime Minister's speech.

TPA responds to Prime Minister's Speech Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech at Conservative Party Conference, John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The Prime Minister’s speech today was full of praise for free markets and innovation, but we need real policies to back up the rhetoric. Despite claiming... Read more...

Corbyn's vision: housing for the few

Responding to Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to introduce rent controls, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said:“Jeremy Corbyn’s speech was littered with fatuous platitudes and the repetition of ruinous spending pledges, with taxpayers footing the bill. "The only substantial policy proposal - to impose rent controls - has been proven time and time... Read more...

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...

Government must not abandon prudence with public sector pay

Following from the government's announcement that they will review the public sector pay cap ahead of the Autumn Budget, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It would be a grave error for the government to completely abandon prudence with public sector pay when the nation’s finances are in such a... Read more...

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