Research papers

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...

The Case Against Green Taxes

The first comparison of official and academic estimates of the social cost of Britain’s carbon emissions with the revenue raised from green taxes shows that environmental taxation is already above its optimal level.  Read more...

Response to the CQoLPC Report

The TPA attacks the intellectual assumptions behind the report and argues that the Policy Group’s recommendations would lead to more tax, regulation and bureaucracy, would curb vital infrastructure development and would undermine free trade.  Read more...

The Non-Courses Report 2007

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has compiled Britain’s first ever list of university “non-courses” – university degrees that lend the respectability of scholarly qualifications to non-academic subjects – and calculated their annual cost to students and taxpayers. The huge expansion in student numbers in recent years, encouraged by the Government’s 50 per... Read more...

Green Tokenism: Government Cars

The research note finds that if the Government had not bought hybrid cars, it could have planted 74,000 trees with the money saved, a far better environmental move.  Read more...

Cost of Government Day

The research note extends the concept of Tax Freedom Day and estimates the date in the calendar year when the average person has earned enough to pay of his share of government spending and regulation.  Read more...

Beyond the Dome: Government projects £23 billion over budget

The TaxPayers' Alliance today reveals for the first time the scale of cost overruns in public sector capital procurement projects.  We have investigated the official record of over 300 schemes, including roads, hospitals, science facilities, IT systems, art galleries and defence systems, which have been completed since the start of... Read more...

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