Research papers

Whitehall Procurement

Despite much vaunted efficiency drives across Whitehall, departments continue to pay vastly differing prices for basic items such as A4 paper and energy.  Read more...

Union Legal Briefing

This briefing - by barrister Francis Hoar, a member of Field Court Chambers in Gray’s Inn - examines whether “many public sector employers have...approached ‘facility’ time in the manner envisaged by industrial relations law.” Read more...

Councillors' Allowances

We reveal for the first time the massive difference in basic allowances paid to councillors in local authorities around the UK. Full data for each local authority can be found here. Read more...

North East Flights

With modern communications, many long distance journeys are now increasingly unnecessary. Local authorities facing significant pressure on their finances should be working to cut their travel costs and avoiding all unnecessary flights. Despite that, new research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance can reveal that councils in the North East have recently spent hundreds of... Read more...

The pensions timebomb

The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) can today reveal for the first time a substantial rise>in the number of former council staff drawing pensions compared to the number in work and paying into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). The new research also reveals that when the one million deferred members of the scheme... Read more...

The Single Income Tax

The 2020 Tax Commission is a joint project between the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), Britain’s independent grassroots campaign for lower taxes, and the Institute of Directors (IoD) Europe's largest membership organisation for business leaders. The Commission's final report calls for radical but realistic reform of our tax system, that is vital to kick start growth.... Read more...

The Cost of Collecting Tax

Since 1958 and for over half a century, there has been no significant reduction in the costs of raising each pound of tax in Britain. This is despite decades of technological progress and dramatic improvements in productivity in the wider economy. There are serious concerns that the complexity of Britain’s taxes imposes substantial costs on... Read more...

Town Hall Rich List 2012

The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) proudly presents the sixth Town Hall Rich List, the 'Who's Who' of local government fat cats, detailing the job titles, full remuneration and many of the names of all local council employees earning over £100,000 for the financial year 2010-11. These details have been taken from accounts published by councils... Read more...

The £28bn tax gap

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has revealed that £28.5 billion of tax revenue has been lost to the illicit market in spirits, beer, cigarettes, hand rolling tobacco and diesel between 2005-06 and 2009-10.  To read the full report, click here  Read more...