Research papers

Spending Cuts Poll 2011

A major new YouGov / TaxPayers’ Alliance poll of 2,732 British adults reveals that the public support billions in spending cuts to foreign aid, high speed rail, trade union funding and a Green Investment bank.  Read more...

TPA Verdict on the Coalition

During the last General Election, we published a manifesto which set out our objectives for this Parliament. We promised then that we would judge any new government against that standard. Read more...

The TaxPayers’ Alliance Manifesto: 1 Year On

Shortly before the last General Election, the TaxPayers’ Alliance produced a manifesto. We pledged to judge any new Government on the standard it set. The manifesto set out recommendations in three areas – tax & spending, reforming services and democracy & transparency – and divided them between measures where it expected to see action... Read more...

Corporation Tax Policy Brief

Corporation Tax is not fit for purpose. This new Briefing Note for the 2020 Tax Commission, written by Commissioner and Associate Professor of Economics at the ESCP Europe Business School Anthony J. Evans, measures the tax against four key criteria, and finds that it drives down wages; lowers returns for... Read more...

Local Policing Summaries

Police authorities are required by law to produce a Local Policing Summary every year. This summary is meant to let the public in each area know how their force is doing with meeting targets and where they see their priorities for the coming year.  Read more...

HS2 Capacity Analysis

The Government’s proposed high speed rail line will not deliver the capacity needed. This report reveals for the first time a comprehensive list of which towns will be worse off and gives details of how each place could be negatively hit by worse journey times, fewer seats and/or fewer trains... Read more...

Abolish National Insurance

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) outlined how to abolish National Insurance by 2017 to make the tax system simpler and more transparent. National Insurance serves no purpose and has set out a package of measures to merge both employers’ and employees’ contributions with Income Tax. This detailed and extensive transition plan comes... Read more...

Empty Property Rates

In April the holiday period for Empty Property Rates relief comes to an end. The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has produced this policy brief to inform taxpayers, policy makers, the media and other interested parties about the effects of that change. Read more...

Town Hall Rich List 2011

We proudly present the fifth Town Hall Rich List, the 'Who's Who' of local government fat cats, detailing all those whose remuneration exceeds £100,000. Read more...

Will HS2 Create Jobs?

The Government claim that building their proposed new high speed rail line from London to Birmingham (HS2) will create around 40,000 jobs.  Read more...

Secondary School Spending Analysis

On the 12th January 2011, the Department for Education published schools’ spending data for the financial year 2009-10. This TaxPayers’ Alliance study is the first to investigate that data, and provides new insights into how schools spend their budget and the results they obtain.  Read more...

Disparity in Number of Bins

Local authorities are under increasing pressure to collect materials separately because of the EU Landfill Directive. This burden has been passed on to taxpayers, who are now required to sort a range of materials individually.   Read more...

High Speed Rail

Despite the severity of the fiscal crisis politicians of all parties are backing High Speed Rail (HSR), but the evidence suggests that there is no robust financial or economic case for the project.  Read more...

“Fair” taxes

As part of the 2020 Tax Commission project, this new research highlights potentially unfair scenarios in our current tax system.  Read more...

Pass The Salt

As the UK is blasted by snow and icy weather, the TaxPayers' Alliance have compiled a list of how much local councils have spent on road salt (not grit) in the last two years. Read more...

Christmas Tax

We reveal the £283 tax bill facing the average family this Christmas, higher than ever before. Many ordinary families are tightening their belts but with tax on most of the contents of their shopping basket Chancellor Osborne is still demanding his share, stealing away that Christmas cheer with taxes on all... Read more...

Britain and the ECHR

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) remains controversial as it forces changes in legislation that the British public and politicians do not want. This new research, based on a detailed investigation of cases that the British Government has lost, provides new insight into the cost of complying with the... Read more...

Taxpayer-funded environmentalism

We reveal for the first time the true extent of taxpayer funded environmental campaigning in the UK and the European Union.  At a time when there are cuts in other areas of public spending and tax rises, it should be stopped. Read more...

Annual Non-Job Report 2008

The report reveals that public sector staff are paid more than their equivalents in the private sector, that public sector employment is rising and there is continued creation of non-jobs. The report contains ten particularly egregious examples of non-jobs. Read more...

The Real National Debt

This paper presents calculations of the UK’s real national debt and for the first time charts its growth over the last decade. The picture that emerges is highly troubling and underscores the urgency of current attempts at closing the deficit.  Read more...

Council Spending: Unnecessary Jobs

We reveal new research on the cost of unnecessary staff at local councils. These non-frontline workers are doing jobs that could be cut, without putting frontline services at risk.  Read more...

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