Research papers

Council Pensions: The £53 Billion Black Hole

Against a background of dire problems in the public finances, the overly generous Local Government Pension Scheme is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers and on council budgets. The report warns of the severe costs which will be incurred if the Scheme continues unreformed.  Read more...

Towards Transparent Rewards

In 2009 the Government asked local authorities to comment on its proposals for increased transparency in executive pay. This research note surmises their responses, and considers what impact resistance has had on the final plans.  Read more...

The Climate Challenge Fund

Are the Government’s efforts to increase “awareness” of climate change a legitimate use of public funds? This research note examines some of the projects paid for by DEFRA’s £8.5 million ‘Climate Challenge Fund’.  Read more...

The Excessive Cost of Motoring Taxes

The rising cost of fuel is imposing a substantial burden on many families. New research finds that UK drivers are paying almost £18 billion a year in excessive motoring taxes.  Read more...

TaxPayers' Alliance Manifesto

The TaxPayers' Alliance will hold any government to account and represent taxpayers' interests. We will keep fighting for lower taxes and better value in public services. Read more...

Ending the Green Rip-Off

Green taxes and regulations are excessive and ineffective. The cost of energy could be dramatically lower with more realistic climate change policy. Read more...

The Economic Cost of CO2 Targets

Gordon Brown's offer to cut Britain's carbon dioxide emissions by 42 per cent by 2020 could mean needing to cut the size of the economy 30 per cent from its expected level that year.  Read more...

The Cost of Copenhagen

The failure of the Copenhagen Summit had been foreseen by the organisers but still went ahead at a cost of £130 million.  Read more...

Council Spending Uncovered: The Prevent Strategy

The Prevent Strategy is part of the Government’s response to the threat of terrorism from Islamist extremists. Aimed at stopping people from becoming terrorists, the Government has given Local Authorities money to fund projects administered by community groups, as well as giving out grants themselves directly. However, there have been ongoing concerns about the... Read more...

Preventing Violent Extremism Grants

The fifth part of the CSU series sets out, for the first time, the detail of who has received Preventing Violent Extremism Grants, and how much they've received in 2007-08.  Read more...

How to Save £50 Billion

The report, produced in co-operation with the Institute of Directors, sets out spending cuts that could save £50 billion in public spending.  Read more...

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