Research papers

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...

Total Lifetime Tax

This research note provides new estimates for the total amount of direct and indirect tax paid by average and poor households over their lifetimes. The estimates are calculated on the basis of a working lifetime of 40 years and 15 years of retirement; the results are quite shocking... Read more...

The True Cost of the LGPS

At a time when public sector pensions are under the spotlight, we reveal the true cost to taxpayers of ‘employer contributions’ to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).  Read more...

Child Support Agency Credit Card Spending

As part of our campaign for better transparency and accountability in Quango spending, the TaxPayers’ Alliance can reveal the three and a half million pounds the Child Support Agency has spent on its taxpayer-funded credit cards over the last two years.As reported in this weekend's Sunday Express, this spending includes... Read more...

Cost of Government Day 2012

This note extends the concept of Tax Freedom Day, which is calculated annually by the Adam Smith Institute. As the New Year rolls in, the TaxPayers’ Alliance presents an estimate of the Cost of Government day for 2012.  Read more...

Police Authority Budgets

In April 2011, the TaxPayers’ Alliance published a report exposing the money wasted on Local Policing Summaries – often expensive glossy documents that can easily be published online – by Police Authorities in England and Wales.  Read more...

Council Staff Suspensions

The first report in our Midlands Councils’ Spending Uncovered series revealed that millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money was spent on flights.  Read more...

Terms of Endearment

The Eurozone crisis looks set to potentially trigger a treaty change. This provides a broader opportunity for changing Britain’s relationship with the EU. Read more...