Research papers

MP Resettlement Grants

After the expenses scandal of the previous summer, many MPs decided against standing for re-election. Others were voted out at the election. This research note details how departing MPs are receiving a one-off Resettlement Grant of 50-100 percent of their annual salary, dependent on their age and length of service. ... Read more...

European Union Orchestras

This research note explores how the European Union budget is being used to fund a wide range of orchestras, concerts and music festivals, and whether there is a clear policy of using these orchestras to promote the political objectives of the EU, in particular ever closer political union.  Read more...

The Economic Cost of High Spending

This new research looks at the evidence that higher spending leads to lower economic growth, and suggests that the increase in spending over the last decade is already seriously depressing trend growth.  Read more...

Town Hall Rich List 2010

Many workers in the public and private sectors expect pay freezes or cuts with resources scarce following the recession and a crisis in the public finances. Read more...

MPs' pay - they don't deserve more

The news of a pay rise for MPs, while so many people in the public and private sectors are facing a freeze at best, will shock taxpayers.  MPs are already well paid, as we set out in a recent TPA research note: "In the general context of UK earnings, individual... Read more...

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...

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