Research papers

Regional Development Agencies: Having a ball at the 2008 Party Conferences

Regional Development Agencies have been an expensive failure. Despite over £15 billion in taxpayer funding, they have proved ineffective in reducing regional income disparities, incapable of fostering sustainable economic growth and have frequently misused taxpayers’ money. Following the TaxPayers' Alliance's detailed analysis of RDA activity earlier this year (to read... Read more...

The Cost of the EU's Renewables Policy

The report, by leading economist Ruth Lea, sets out the range of estimates of the cost of the EU's renewables policies. It also shows that Britain is being asked to make a significantly larger adjustment than most other member states.  Read more...

The Case Against a Mandatory Target for Emissions Cuts

The research note shows how a binding 80 per cent target for emissions cuts would lead to falling GDP unless radical improvements in emissions intensity can be achieved, and argues that failure to think through such a transformation would do enormous damage to Britain's economy and exporting emissions overseas.  Read more...

Total Lifetime Tax Update

The 2007 Total Lifetime Tax update shows that the average household pays over £600,000, in today’s prices, in direct and indirect taxes.  Read more...

Gordon Brown’s Economic Failure

The report demolishes what is left of Gordon Brown’s reputation for effective economic and public sector management. It shows that Britain’s performance has been poor across the board, and left more vulnerable to the downturn than our international competitors, as a result of his policies. Read more...

Unequal Shares: The Definitive Guide to the Barnett Formula

The report provides a comprehensive review of the Barnett Formula and its precursors, showing how it has led to a startling gap between public spending in England and in the three better-funded devolved territories, and argues that only genuine fiscal devolution can solve the problem. Read more...

The Burden of Green Taxes

The second edition of the TPA's green taxes paper shows that environmental taxation is set above the level of the social cost of Britain's carbon footprint and presents estimates of the excess burden of green taxes in local authority areas across the country.  Read more...

The Case for Abolishing Regional Development Agencies

The third paper in the Structure of Government series finds that RDAs have not prevented the gap between England's best and worst performing regions widening in the past decade, and recommends that the Agencies be abolished, with the savings used to fund a cut in the small companies rate of... Read more...

The Cost of Crime

With crime levels top of the list of voters’ concerns, this paper, for the first time, details the cost of recorded crime per person in each of the police force areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2007, the latest year for which data is available.  Read more...

The Cost of Big Brother Government

This report analyses the effectiveness of the different measures the Government has used to combat the terrorist threat to Britain, and finds that the cost of “Big Brother Government” has reached almost £20billion.  Read more...

The Failure of Government Management

The second paper in the Structure of Government Series reports the findings of a survey by the TaxPayers’ Alliance of the UK’s 100 top business leaders, and reveals that Government management practices fall far short of those FTSE 100 Chief Executives believe are necessary to effectively manage large organisations. Read more...

The Looming Winter of Discontent

This report sets out how Britain faces a looming winter of discontent as public sector pay costs have increased massively in recent years, leaving little money left, and how public sector staff are going on strike far more frequently than their private sector counterparts.  Read more...

The Great British TaxPayer Rip-Off

Written by former Treasury civil servant Mike Denham, this report establishes the vast scale of Britain's taxpayer rip-off with taxes rising, charges rising, and services cut. Read more...

Public Sector Strikes

The report shows that public sector workers have gone on strike 25 times as frequently as workers in the private sector over the last five years, and 100 times as frequently over the last year. Read more...

The Ten Per Cent Challenge

The fifth part of the CSU series challenges councils to save 10 per cent in several key non-priority budgets in 2006-07 and shows how that could allow them to cut Council Tax bills.  Read more...

Council Spending Uncovered No. 5: The Ten Percent Challenge

TAXPAYERS' ALLIANCE THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET TO COUNCILS WITH SIMPLE AND MODEST SAVINGS COUNCIL TAX CAN BE CUT BY 3.5%, WHICH IS £40 OFF THE AVERAGE BAND D BILL INDIVIDUAL DETAILS FOR HUNDREDS OF COUNCILS SHOWS SIMPLE SAVINGS IN PUBLICITY, MANAGEMENT AND PENSION COSTS Ahead of the local elections on May... Read more...

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