Research papers

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 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 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...

The Cost of Crime in London

A new study by the TaxPayers’ Alliance has discovered that the cost of crime in London in 2006-07 was a staggering £3 billion, equivalent to £400 for every person in London. Using Home Office calculations to take into account the economic and social cost of various types of crime, TPA... Read more...

Council Spending Uncovered: Town Hall Rich List 2008

The fourth part of the CSU series (and second edition of our annual Town Hall Rich List) provides details of over 800 local authority employees with remuneration packages of at least £100,000 for the periods 2006-07 and 2007-08, including 14 earning more than the Prime Minister.  Read more...

Budget 2008 Report

The report shows how higher spending on public services has failed to deliver results and how controlling spending and reducing taxes could deliver significant economic benefits.  Read more...

How Cutting Corporation Tax Would Boost Revenue

The report, written for Conservative Way Forward, reveals compelling evidence based on the experiences of Britain’s leading international competitors that a cut in the rate of corporation tax would boost the economy and speed up the rate of growth in revenues raised by the Treasury. Read more...

How to Save £3.3 Billion a Year from the Civil Service

There has been justified concern over recent decades that the huge size of the Civil Service constitutes government waste. This paper sets out how substantial savings can be made through reducing the numbers in the Civil Service without needing to make compulsory redundancies.  Read more...

Funding Hate Education

In the first of a series of papers analysing the effectiveness of expenditure on overseas aid, the report reveals disturbing evidence showing how British taxpayers’ money has been spent helping to fund hate education and promote violence in the Middle East.  Read more...

The Tax on Christmas

The research note, authored by former Treasury economist Mike Denham, shows that the average household pays £225 in indirect taxes over Christmas, making a total of £5.65 billion. Read more...

Public Sector Rich List 2007

The second edition of the annual Public Sector Rich List presents a list of the 300 most highly paid people in the public sector, all earning above £150,000 a year.  Read more...

Council tax in the Pre-Budget Report

PRE-BUDGET REPORT PROJECTS COUNCIL TAX RISE OF ALMOST 30 PER CENT OVER NEXT FIVE YEARS HUGE RISE EQUIVALENT TO £370 PER YEAR FOR A BAND D PROPERTY IN ENGLAND Buried in the small print of the Pre-Budget Report is some very worrying news for council taxpayers, who have already seen... Read more...

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